Will removing Empathy (for Pidgin) break Ubuntu 11.10?

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http://askubuntu.com – The question (here) answers the question about whether or not Empathy can be replaced with Pidgin. What it doesn't answer is whether or not removing Empathy (via Software Centre) will break Ubuntu 11.10 because of the obvious integration (like statuses in messaging menu). I prefer Pidgin's (more accurate) notifications to Empathy's, hence the desire to change. Can I safely remove Empathy? (HowTos)