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Why I Use Gentoo: Development Environment

Feb 06, 2011, 03:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Lynch)

"Some of us in the computer world aren't just users—we're developers too. Whether we're working on personal projects or large software packages, we find ourselves in need of various programs and data required for software development, such as compilers and library headers.

"On most Linux distributions, these extra files are not installed by default. They take up space, and for most users, they will be completely useless. I'm not about to chastise any distribution for making that decision. Nonetheless, for those of us who do need these tools and data, finding a simple way to install them is paramount.

"With Debian-derived distributions such as Ubuntu, you can solve part of this problem by installing the build-essential package, which ultimately has dependencies on a number of tools useful for development. However, this still leaves the matter of installing the library headers and other package-specific development files. Most distributions address this part of the problem by offering dev packages, which install the files necessary for developing against the associated package."

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