Synaptic Package Manager 0.83 Released, Now Requires GTK3
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 11 January 2016 at 07:25 PM EST. 1 Comment
For those enjoying Synaptic as a lightweight GUI package manager alternative to Ubuntu Software Center, GNOME Software Center, and others, the version 0.83 release is now available via Debian unstable.

Since Synaptic 0.80 they've had a build for GTK3 while with Synaptic 0.83 the GTK3 tool-kit is explicitly required over GTK2. Synaptic 0.83 also has various GTK changes for staying up to date with the latest upstream GTK changes, several warning fixes, changes for deprecated GTK functionality, and other work.

The complete listing of the technical changes for Synaptic 0.83 as now found in Debian unstable can be found via the Debian change-log.
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