Installing a compiler by default

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Jun 8 21:52:05 BST 2006

On Thu, 8 Jun 2006 09:44:17 -0700
Matt Zimmerman <mdz at> 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.

I add my vote for this.

For those who neither need it nor know what it is for, a compiler won't be
visible anyway. For those who do need it, and for those trying to help
them, its presence will save a lot of confusion.

Some of us are tired of constantly having to tell people

"You need to install "build-essential" and "linux-headers-$(uname -r) "

So yes, please, put it in! It's about time...


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