Let’s compile something. Before we do that, however, we’re going to need some tools like the compiler, the linker, and
make. The C compiler used almost universally in the Linux environment is called
gcc (GNU C Compiler), originally written by Richard Stallman. Most distributions do not install
gcc by default. We can check to see if the compiler is present like this:
The results in this example indicate that the compiler is installed.
Your distribution may have a metapackage (a collection of packages) for software development. If so, consider installing it if you intend to compile programs on your system. If your system does not provide a metapackage, try installing the