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Is the gtkmm package already installed by default? If not how do I install it on Ubuntu with all the prerequisites? Would a command line install be better? Do I need to add a repository?

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No, the packages you need are not installed by default but are available in the normal Ubuntu repositories. You can use sudo apt install.

Be sure to have the C++-Compiler installed:

g++ 

For C++ programming you need to install the development version of the important GNOME libraries. Those contain the header files and additional linker information:

libgtkmm-3.0-dev
libgstreamermm-1.0-dev

In addition, you will want to install the documentation packages of this libraries so you can view them in the API browser (devhelp):

libgtkmm-3.0-doc
libgstreamermm-1.0-doc
devhelp

-- Source

I recommend you also install gnome-devel-docs to look at some demos. After installing, run

yelp help:gnome-devel-demos
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Ubuntu 11.10 comes with libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a and libgtkmm-3.0-1

libgtkmm-3.0-1 is installed by default

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