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A Beginner’s Guide to Compiling on Linux

Having used Linux as my primary operating system for nearly a year now, I – like many Linux users – have found that the various package management systems and interfaces have allowed for my computing experience to be the much simpler. Be it the newer Ubuntu Software Center, the classic Synaptic Package Manager, or the apt-get system, installing software on Linux truly isn’t all that difficult of a task. For me, being able to install an application just as easily as I could walk into a restaurant and order a slice of pie made my migration process to Linux very simple.

However, the repository-based package installation system has a number of downsides as well. For example, installing a package or application on a computer without an Internet connection can be – while possible via means of a workaround – quite a task. The other major downside to package managers is that the repositories they connect to often do not have the most up-to-date version of an application available, leaving users who want the latest and greatest out in the cold. The solution to this problem is to download and compile the source-code for an open-source application manually. While this may seem to be somewhat of a daunting task, the fact of the matter is that downloading and compiling source code actually isn’t all that difficult.

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