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Old 04-05-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2004
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Smile Uninstall Gstreamer?

Is there a possible way to have a Gnome-based desktop without Gstreamer? I'm perfectly happy giving up Totem, and whatever other media things depend on it, but I have a hard time believing that the desktop itself "requires" Gstreamer. I would much rather use Mplayer or VLC for any of my multimedia needs.

Any way to do this? Synaptic tells me that basically everything is dependent on Gstreamer's existence. I'm inclined to believe that it will in fact uninstall various Gnome desktop components; but what I don't believe is that they are necessary, especially if you're going to use Xine or VLC instead. (Or if, say, you don't plan on having any A/V going on, but that's not me in particular.)

Please, no replies saying essentially, "You don't want to do this". Because I do want to do this. I really actually do want Gnome but not Gstreamer. It, and Totem etc., have never, even to this very day, worked anything like I would like them to out of the box. Why have useless crap... VLC "just works", know what I mean? =)
Old 04-05-2009, 10:52 PM   #2
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Well, go ahead and try to uninstall gstreamer. If you don't like what's going with it, then don't do it. A lot of those packages are meta-packages. For example, trying to remove gstreamer will probably remove "ubuntu-desktop," but don't worry about it because it's just a meta package and nothing will actually be removed from your system.

As far as having useless crap is concerned, you may be using media in some cases through gstreamer without realizing it. It's not a tremendous amount of disk space or anything... If you really want a bare minimal system, you can install ubuntu-minimal and build up from there, rather than starting out with ubuntu-desktop and working down.


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