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    Smile Getting started (n00b)

    Having had a look at the website and this board, i'm just a little bit confused as to what software i need to get started

    I'm new to linux too (Red Hat 8) and so it's still a bit strange for me but i'm starting to feel at right at home

    So yeah, my question is what do i need?

    TIA

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    To start off you just need gcc which is a C compiler and a text editor(assuming you want to do C programming). After that you'll eventually want to look into make and autoconf for building software.

    What are you looking to do exactly?
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    Cool, i have GCC and a few text editors........as for what i'm looking to do.....not sure really, hoping to learn something new. I'm in the process of ditching Windoze and seriously getting into what a PC can do. Linux seems to have the perfect community for me

    Is c++ good for working with sound

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    The community is GREAT! Welcome hehehe

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    U dont need anything
    Linux (REDHAT)
    comes with anything a programmer desires (usually)
    however for Server APPS and stuph like that
    visit http://www.linux.com/
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    What's a good text editor for c/c++ ??

    I've got a few installed and was wondering what people thought was a good one for a n00b like me....Emacs or XEmacs.....or are they no good for C/C++? or should i stick with something very basic whilst i'm learning?

    Any help/recommendations would be cool

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    What's a good text editor for c/c++ ??
    That question might generate lots of posts, my personal favouire is emacs, easy to use (read the HOWTO), quick, nice to program under X11 and console (for those elitee hackers) and very customizable.

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    Thank you......i'll start reading the howto

    expect many more questions

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    ManDrake PowerPack Linux 9.0 comes with over 1000 useful programs, games, editors, programming tools, among other things too. thats the one im getting

    so GCC is the best for Linux Programming eh? il hafta look into it!
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    Originally posted by DarkViper

    so GCC is the best for Linux Programming eh? il hafta look into it!
    gcc is all there is
    if there is another it probably RUNS through gcc
    gcc-gnu c compiler
    it is the DEFAULT compiler on all new Linux systems
    back in the day(when I started)
    we used cc
    and that sucked
    gcc is similar but much better

    in fact on newer versions I have noticed that you never need to use #include
    only for local headerfiles never standard ones...
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    I prefer to Vim text editor but if you need GUI, I will recommend "anjuta" in GNOME, very nice.
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    I use Kate with the project plugin, then I just use a console pane at the bottom (F7, IIRC) to run my commands like make, make clean, etc.

    I like it. I tried Anjuta, KDevelop, GVim for a while, Nedit, and emacs.

    Kate works best for me. YMMV. Here's a screenshot of it:

    http://aslan.no-ip.com/~dana/img/kate1.png

    Oh, and btw, you can get different compilers for Linux. Gcc isn't the only one. Intel makes their own, and there are others. On top of that, if you wanna do RAD stuff, you can get Kylix 3, which does both C++ and Delphi now.
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    Cheers guys, plenty for me to look at

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    Lynux Penguin, you really don't know anything do you?

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    Originally posted by coreBuild
    Lynux Penguin, you really don't know anything do you?
    Sorry to have to tell you, but basically Lynux-Penguin is right. Gcc is the actual compiler linux uses. Everything else is either a plugin or alias to gcc or a front end ide that uses gcc as the compiling engine. Gcc is even the compiler that the linux os and kernel are compiled with.

    Not sure about the #include thing though. Maybe that is what you mean?

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