Linux required dep of eos-base?

I was attempting to do some clean up and wanted to get rid of the linux kernel in favor of linux-lts since I normally use linux-zen on a daily basis, but linux is a required dependency of eos-base. Should it be this way? If so, why?

pacman -Qi linux
Name            : linux
Version         : 5.9.1.arch1-1
Description     : The Linux kernel and modules
Architecture    : x86_64
URL             :
Licenses        : GPL2
Groups          : None
Depends On      : coreutils  kmod  initramfs
Optional Deps   : crda: to set the correct wireless channels of your country
linux-firmware: firmware images needed for some devices [installed]
Required By     : eos-base
Optional For    : base
Conflicts With  : None
Replaces        : virtualbox-guest-modules-arch  wireguard-arch
Installed Size  : 79.03 MiB
Packager        : Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) <>
Build Date      : Sat 17 Oct 2020 09:30:37 AM EDT
Install Date    : Mon 19 Oct 2020 01:57:21 PM EDT
Install Reason  : Explicitly installed
Install Script  : No
Validated By    : Signature

eos-base is a meta package. You can remove it.


Ah, very well! Thanks.

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