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I am trying to set up my computer for CUDA development as per this instruction. Before installation it recommends uninstalling nvidia drivers and suggest running apt-get remove --purge "nvidia*". But this command will also remove ubuntu-desktop. Is this safe? I don't want to fall in bigger mess while solving smaller problems.

My laptop runs ubuntu 12.04 64-bit, Nvidia gt325M, optimus graphics card.

Please also take a note is the instruction good enough or not. I know optimus makes serious trouble with linux and I want to play on safe side here.

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my installation was successful, removal of ubuntu-desktop was not needed. – rafee May 8 '13 at 5:07
Would you please update..You can answer your own question ... – Qasim May 8 '13 at 11:37
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Uninstalling ubuntu-desktop wasn't necessary. The installation was successful.

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In 12.04 also removal of drivers wasn't necesarry if nvidia current was used. – Misery May 9 '13 at 8:04
ubuntu-desktop is a meta-package. So uninstalling it would not cause any harm either – rafee Dec 4 '13 at 21:00

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