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Because this add-on is selected by default in the Software Center. What it actually do?

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The package in question is gvfs-backends. This is used by Gnome for various tasks--mounting remote and local resources in a way that any program can mount them. Due to the way the backend functions, these locations and resources can be mounted by non-root users. However, this package is not a dependency. It is only suggested, as per http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/gimp. You can safely install GIMP via the terminal without installing gvfs-backends by

sudo apt-get install gimp

since apt-get does not install suggests. If you want to also skip recommends(not recommended if you want PDF, PS, and ghostscript support), you can install with:

sudo apt-get install gimp --no-install-recommends
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