Today when I started working on my desktop, I saw a crash in gom-media-tracker. What? Why is there a media tracker on my desktop?
I learned this is part of Gnome (what? Why is there a media tracker in Gnome?) and it’s included in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (why is Canonical including tracking software in Ubuntu?)
Screw that. I removed it.
$ sudo apt remove gnome-online-miners Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: gnome-documents gnome-online-miners gnome-photos ubuntu-gnome-desktop 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded. After this operation, 6,472 kB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'fonts-gfs-complutum' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed (Reading database ... 493027 files and directories currently installed.) Removing ubuntu-gnome-desktop (0.58.3) ... Removing gnome-documents (3.18.3-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ... Removing gnome-photos (3.18.2-1) ... Removing gnome-online-miners (3.14.3-1ubuntu2) ... Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.48.2-0ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5.1) ... Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ... $
Now that I’ve done that, I don’t appear to have lost anything I use. (Why is an optional packages forcing other packages out?)
I don’t want random tracking software on my machine.
wiki.gnome.org/Projects/Tracker, you suck. Gnome, you suck. Canonical, you suck.