I can see that too, but I always ignored it, because I never install from the list in the origin pane. If I need to look at the origin filter for some reason, I just take note of the package name and then perform a search on it.
Other than filtering by Origin, I can’t see that behavior anywhere else. Synaptic remains the one stop for Linux software installation and perhaps to this date arguably one of the best Debian applications ever developed.
Synaptic is a solid and essential tool for computer management and frankly I always feel a bit sad (i’ll confess sometimes even angry) when it is referenced as an advanced tool that newcomers should stay away from. The result is that statement instills fear, and so when the so-called inexperienced user wishes to install some software not available in whatever software showcase application their distro offers, they end up doing it in the worst possible way; by downloading any available binaries from the developer website. Add this is especially true of prior Windows users. Many problems today happen because of software that wasn’t properly installed because it didn’t go through the APT infrastructure in the user computer. I should know; I lived through it when I first started on Linux.
Synaptic needs and deserves a better reputation. It is not as advanced as it is claimed and it is an easy application to explain and understand. On top of that it is brilliantly designed because its advanced features and well hidden away and are not essential for everyday use. A newcomer can acquire the necessary knowledge to make use of Synaptic in just a couple of hours. If that much. Really!
Synaptic needs to be pushed forward, not hidden away. A whole lot of exploratory opportunities of the good software for Linux out there is lost if we keep proclaiming synaptic shouldn’t be a beginner’s tool. I can understand the rationale behind not having it pre-installed on Ubuntu-MATE, but I don’t agree with it. Besides, there’s far more damaging tools on the terminal and on the GUI that we could even consider non-essential that are nonetheless installed on first run.
Being “user-friendly” is something that we (the linux community as a whole) should tone down a little and rethink. Because I fear we have moved away from a genuine and valid principle by starting to incorporate other aspects that have nothing to do with user-friendliness. There is more to the word “complexity” than just a blanket admission that it doesn’t belong in a user-friendly environment. That’s too simplistic of a notion and reductionist. Many times complexity fits in a user-friendly environment and is in fact desirable. By removing Synaptic, a user has in fact a lesser user-friendly environment from which he can instantly explore and install Linux software in a convenient and easy way.
My 13 cents