Installing a compiler by default

Murray Cumming murrayc at
Fri Jun 9 14:43:26 BST 2006

> On Fri, 09 Jun 2006 14:40:00 +0200
> Jan Claeys <lists at> wrote:
>> Op vr, 09-06-2006 te 04:01 -0700, schreef Micah J. Cowan:
>> > At least, I've yet to
>> > encounter a user who actually found a way to worsen their situation
>> > because a compiler happened to be handy for them.
>> Oh, it's easy: they compile newer versions of kernels, drivers &
>> applications and then wonder why everything breaks when they do a
>> dist-upgrade...
> Uh-huh.
> We learn by making mistakes.

This would be quite a serious mistake.

> Is Ubuntu in the business of protecting the "silly lusers" from
> themselves?

So far people have been thanking Ubuntu for making things easier,
regardless of those people (not necessarily yourself) who think only
stupid people would be thankful for it.


In some rare cases we must unfortunately choose between ease of use and
some feature. This is not such a choice - people are still free to install
build-essentials. So there's no need to be nasty about it.

Murray Cumming
murrayc at

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