Installing a compiler by default

Rocco Stanzione grasshopper at
Thu Jun 8 18:44:41 BST 2006

On Thursday 08 June 2006 12:26, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-06-08 at 09:44 -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > I would like to propose that, beginning in Edgy, Ubuntu desktop systems
> > (both live and installed) should, by default, include the set of packages
> > necessary to compile simple C programs and Linux kernel modules.
> What specific use case do you have in mind?
> How common is it really for Joe User to have to compile a kernel module
> to get his hardware to work?
> Why can't it be solved upstream by getting the driver into the kernel?
If the driver isn't already in the kernel, it's probably for licensing 
reasons.  Another scenario is a new version of an existing driver gets 
released that fixes a bug or adds support for a particular device.

> If the point is to compile kernel modules, doesn't that also require the
> full kernel source?
In most cases, no, the headers are sufficient.


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