I’ve just installed and configured a minimal KDE distro based on the Ubuntu 13.04 minimal CD. It’s working really well but I have 1 gripe with it.
After installing kde-plasma-desktop gstreamer was automatically downloaded as the phonon backend, which was fine as I’d just replace it with my usual vlc backend and remove phonon-backend-gstreamer.
So I remove phonon-backend-gstreamer, which gets removed as expected, and I’ve now got autoremove correctly advising me that some gstreamer-* libs are now not required; normal behaviour. But…autoremove is also recommending that it removes Linux-sound-base, alsa-base etc, some were also included that seemed unrelated to me, such as libsoup.
Now I know this is not a major issue, as I don’t have to run autoremove, but it’s just bugging me why this is happening.
Why has a gstreamer backend got such a massive dependency list?