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I've uninstalled Unity and don't plan on using it again. I know that the GNOME Shell uses Mutter, so is it safe to uninstall Compiz?

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I've uninstalled Compiz back when I switched to running GNOME Shell compiled from jhbuild as my primary shell on Ubuntu 10.10 (keeping the older Mutter-based Unity around as a backup). I noticed no problems; in fact, it felt like my system got a lot lighter and speedier after the removal. I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to do this on 11.10. – Christopher Kyle Horton Oct 29 '11 at 20:48
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Yes, it should be. To be on the safe side, run a simulation first with

sudo apt-get -s remove compiz*

-s is there for simulation, so that nothing is really removed.

If the list of the 'to be removed' packages looks reasonable, run the above command without -s.

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If I do this, it tries to remove ubuntu-desktop... Isn't that, well, my desktop? – Cerin Mar 11 '12 at 5:44

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