I do want to uninstall the "popularity-contest" package from my system.
While I know that I can disable it with
$ dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest
it is still a package I want removed.
Unfortunately, the "ubuntu-standard" package depends on it (instead of just having it recommended). Removing popcon would thus remove
ubuntu-standard, and my system would be trashed. See Popularity Contest should be uninstallable for the features request to make it uninstallable.
Until that bug is fixed, I need a way to get it uninstalled.
How can I do that? Is there a trick to convince the package manager that the dependency is not necessary?