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I want to develop C/C++ applications using Eclipse: should I install using

sudo apt-get install build-essential


sudo apt-get install gcc
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install both I'd say. – Seth Feb 1 '14 at 20:48
Ubuntu being Linux, gcc seems to be available by default. – minerz029 Feb 1 '14 at 21:10

It depends on how which applications you use, the gcc package contains the gcc, where the buil-essential package contains some additional dev-tools (e.g. make and g++). A list of packages included in build-essential package can be found here.

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