No GCC in Ubuntu? [was: Re: Best Minimalist OS for VMPlayer?]

Thom Metge uug_emetge at
Sun Sep 10 22:04:12 MDT 2006

You are quite right :)  It was the first thing that crossed my mind 
after making that little discovery... Ubuntu is one of the very best 
Linux desktops I've had the chance to work on.  Fortunately, getting GCC 
is as easy as "apt-get install build-essential".  It still comes as a 
bit of a shock after working with Linux for so long... but I suppose 
there are enough flavors of Linux out there that it makes such a minor 
complaint quite senseless- there's always one that will better suite 
your needs.


Alex Esplin wrote:
> On 9/10/06, Thom Metge <uug_emetge at> wrote:
>> Ubuntu is a great destkop... but
>> if you install off of their live CD, you should know before hand that it
>> does NOT include GCC... a slight oversight??
> I don't know if it's an oversight as much as that they are trying to
> go in a "desktop distribution" direction and the powers that be
> consider that those who want to use it as a development platform will
> know how to get GCC, as well as which version they want, as there are
> several available in the Ubuntu repositories.  On the same note, IMHO
> the reason they don't include GCC in the standard install is to
> lighten things up a little for the "desktop distribution" target
> audience who will most likely never touch GCC.

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