This bug was fixed in the package software-properties -

software-properties ( bionic; urgency=medium

  [ Martin Wimpress ]
  * Allow mate-session-manager to fulfill the gnome-session-bin Recommends
    (LP: #1762807)

  [ Jeremy Bicha ]
  * Add Appstream metadata with compulsory_for_desktop fields to prevent
    the accidental uninstallation of ubuntu-desktop in GNOME Software.
    ubuntu-desktop depends on software-properties-gtk.
  * Build-Depend on dh-python

 -- Jeremy Bicha <>  Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:12:59 -0400

** Changed in: software-properties (Ubuntu)
       Status: Fix Committed => Fix Released

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  gnome-session-bin installed on Ubuntu MATE

Status in software-properties package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  Ubuntu MATE seeds software-properties-gtk which causes gnome-session-
  bin to be pulled into the Ubuntu MATE image. This issue arises because
  debian/control doesn't Recommends: mate-session-manager for software-

  To resolve this issue debian/control for software-properties-gtk
  should be updated to:

  Recommends: gnome-session-bin | xfce4-session | lubuntu-default-
  settings | lxqt-session | mate-session-manager, gnome-keyring

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