Sunday, January 16, 2005

Has Novell screwed up SuSE Linux?

OK, I am irritated: I installed SuSE 9.1 Personal a while back - looked good at the time. Today I needed to test Python stuff for Zope/Plone under Linux: I discovered that SuSE 9.1 Personal does not include the GCC C Compiler! I am hunting around the web for SuSE 9.1 RPMs for GCC -- what a hassle!

I can not believe that any Linux distribution would not include a C compiler.

I think that I am going to just wipe 9.1 and install from my old 8.1 personal CDROM. ... or, maybe invest an hour and do a Debian install.

PS. I ended up just burning a CDR containing RPMs from a SuSE mirror FTP site for gcc, gcc libs, and emacs - and stored this CDR with my SuSE personal install CD. I am still a fan of SuSE, but I still find it annoying to not include a C compiler with even a trimmed down Linux distribution.