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If I will ever use Ubuntu 11.04, it will be essential for me to remove both Unity and Zeitgeist completely from it. Can I remove both completely without running into problems with the rest of the OS? I am using automatic login and I am not willing to change this to manually start the OS in classic mode manually.

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Mind if I ask why it's essential for Unity and Zeitgeist to be removed? Just curious. –  jrg Mar 22 '11 at 20:18
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I hate the way Unity looks and works, I don't want all these neat icons on my screen, I can't stand the overlay, I hate how everything moves and gets bigger and smaller, the global menu is ninsense for me, I want my panels and I certainly don't want some time based framework to monitor everything I do on my system wasting HDD space and CPU performance. –  Jeannie Mar 22 '11 at 22:05
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Ah. In that case, I suggest that you just return to normal GNOME, as is suggested in this answer: askubuntu.com/questions/9861/… –  jrg Mar 22 '11 at 22:08
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@Jeannie: Zeitgeist doesn't take up much HDD space. After months and months of usage it takes lesser space than a few tracks. Mine is only some 4.6MB as of now. With respect to performance, there is hardly any issues. It takes no more CPU than hundreds of other daemons sitting passively on your system. –  Manish Sinha Mar 23 '11 at 5:37
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This might help you: askubuntu.com/questions/28050/… –  Jorge Castro Mar 25 '11 at 19:00
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Yes, you can remove both. When you remove them, you will get a warning that the package ubuntu-desktop is getting uninstall. Don't worry it is just a wrapper package.

For removing zeitgeist you need to remove the package named zeitgeist-core which is the base of all the zeitgeist packages.

As per Jorge, unity is the base package for Unity.


Just for knowledge. Why do you want to remove zeitgeist. If you find some technical issues, do contact us. We would be more than happy to fix it.

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I do not want anything on my system that monitors everything I do on my system and creates a constantly self inflating database. So 11.04 is without Zeitgeist or not at all for me.... –  Jeannie Mar 22 '11 at 21:42
    
@Jeannie: Zeitgeist hardly takes up space. It takes less space than your system logs in /var/log/* Right now my DB size is 4.6MB whic is actually very less. –  Manish Sinha Mar 23 '11 at 5:39
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You can't remove completely but you can install gnome-activity-journal and remove the history.

Go to preferences, activate "black list manager". Then, go to blacklist, add, delete "[Insert Path]" and insert "*".

Now delete all activity.

Unity-place will now show nothing.

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use file://* instead of just * –  Manish Sinha Mar 26 '11 at 12:57
    
work fine with * –  steveacab Mar 28 '11 at 2:39
    
edit: I have also blocked zeitgeist because I hate it! the dash is no customizable, no option. I dont use zeitgeist and I dont want it, so I have find an alternative to block because I cant remove without remove also other packages. Unity dash need an tool for customize it, zeitgeist block, what I want see to first or if I dont want see the apps that I dont have installed, if I want something I search it but the apps proposed leave so space. also in the place.why I must see to first what I have downloaded? have no sense.for not see it I download the files in another folder –  steveacab Mar 28 '11 at 2:48
    
Unity Dash is powered by Zeitgeist but also remember that the Zeitgeist team has hardly any control over how Unity Dash behaves. Zeitgeist is developed by Zeitgeist team and Dash(part of Unity) is developed by Ayatana team. Zeitgeist can be used without Dash too. You can use Activity Journal –  Manish Sinha Mar 28 '11 at 5:42
    
Steve, I cannot understand what you meant by from the line "Unity dash need an tool " till the end. Can you write it in simpler english? –  Manish Sinha Mar 28 '11 at 5:44
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