I decided to give Ubuntu Studio a try and I followed these instructions to install the packages from Ubuntu:
After a few days I have decided I like Ubuntu Studio better and I would like to remove the unnecessary Ubuntu staff. Unfortunately there is not so many (recent) info out there about Ubuntu Studio.
I have done
apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop
Thanks to this post, I have removed unity related packages I have found this blog post which state that Ubuntu Studio uses GNOME so anything gnome related should stay? It seems to me nautilus should stay? Is it safe to remove compiz? Zeitgeist? anything else?