Post by Yrrah
Unfortunately cinnamon-screensaver and plug-in can't be removed as
they are essential Cinnamon components. Uninstalling them will also
It's the side effect of meta packages, which is why meta packages are
a bad choice to install.
Although it's a piece of cake to do without consequences what the OP
originally wanted to do, it slows people down because it involves
extra step to remedy the system and keep it stable, and it shouldn't
Post by Yrrah
Perhaps it's not an example of elegant programming when an unused (and
unwanted) component cannot be removed and still gets loaded into RAM.
Linux may be about choice and all that, but it looks like there is
room for improvement in that department...
It's it's about know-how, or better yet "know-what". Just don't
install meta package(s). Meta pkgs are a convenient way to install
all that's needed, but there is a consequence as the original
poster has experienced.
The only improvement would be a responsibility of distro maintainers
to abandon the idea of meta packages.
Instead, install pkgs that are listed in the meta package
requirements, one by one at will, and skip the ones you don't want
like the cinnamon screensaver.
After installing all or some of pkgs listed in the meta pkg, and not
installing the meta itself, you may remove each individual pkg as it
pleases you without crippling DE installation.
There is also a very simple way to prevent the auto removal of all
meta pkg dependencies when one of the required pkg is
missing/uninstalled, yet nobody has offered it to the OP, everybody
is just perceiving meta pkgs as something sacred that shouldn't be