Trouble was, I couldn’t get the Synaptic Package Manager to find any new software to install. I turned in laziness to the Eazy-Uze Ubuntu Software Centre. Bingo dingo, lots of apps, with nice icons and everything.
What turned out to be the mega-bonus of the day was discovering a huge list of Free fonts. For example, a whole stash by the Arkandis Digital Family. To be honest, I have yet to download them, let alone vouch for their quality (an important issue, as software such as Scribus can be fussy about shoddy fonts). But still, quite a find I feel.