[Fwd: Re: Installing a compiler by default]

Christofer C. Bell christofer.c.bell at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 06:55:01 UTC 2006

On 6/8/06, Matthew Kuiken <matt.kuiken at verizon.net> wrote:
> I had been using the system just long enough to know to use apt.
> 'apt-get gcc' got me a compiler, but it was totally useless because
> there was no make, and no libraries.  It took a while longer to learn
> about the 'build-essential' package.  'build-essential' is not an
> intuitive need for someone who is just starting out programming in
> Linux, whether they are coming from another OS, or another flavor of Linux.
> Consider me on the side of installation by default.

This sounds like a documentation issue to me, though.  Make it a tool
tip people see during the install or something then.  I'd expect
people installing the server edition to know what they're doing.  The
desktop edition provides a perfect environment for displaying
information about these kinds of things.

Personally, I'm against installing the compiler by default.


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