I just installed ubuntu from an 8.10 disk i had lying about, patched it up to 9.10 karmic, and was playing around with the available apps. This isn't the first time I've used ubuntu, but I don't have very much experience with I can handle console and am pretty comfortable with computers but I don't know how to compile things.

Anyway, I wanted to play around in the Software Center the way I did on my friend's iPhone at one point, going through and trying all the different games and programs. But it's frustrating because every time you hit "install" on one program it "helpfully" switches to a different screen listing current downloads titled "in progress"- this screen is of no help to me, especially since I have fast internet and most programs finish downloading before the screen even comes up. Put short, I want to make it not do that and instead go back to the category list. I did a quick search of the forums and while I only checked 10 out of 250 pages I didn't see something related.

I figure there's just a settings file to be edited or a terminal command i need to fire off but I haven't the faintest idea how to find it.