Public bug reported:

Since the vanilla-gnome-desktop package lists a number of GNOME desktop
apps (Contacts, Calendar, Todo, etc) as Depends, people who want a stock
upstrem GNOME experience on Ubuntu but also use Flatpak to receive
updates for their applications are forced to either install and manage
duplicates of these applications, or uninstall vanilla-gnome-desktop,
breaking future upgrades.

It would be good to either drop these application packages to Recommends
(while keeping important infrastructure such as Software and Shell) so
they can at least be uninstalled without also uninstalling vanilla-
gnome-desktop, or moved to a separate package (vanilla-gnome-apps?)
which could Depend on vanilla-gnome-desktop and be listed in the
Recommends for it.

Either way, for end users who don't care about Flatpak (or Snaps) the
experience should be the same since installing Recommends is the

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: vanilla-gnome-desktop 0.83
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-13.14-generic 4.15.10
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-13-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Tue Apr 17 11:47:15 2018
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-07-22 (1000 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" - Release amd64 (20150422)
SourcePackage: ubuntu-gnome-meta
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

** Affects: ubuntu-gnome-meta (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug bionic wayland-session

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