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I've tried the following:

sudo apt-get remove gcc
sudo apt-get install gcc-4.4

But this does not work, running gcc --version gives a 'No such file or directory' error.

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Note: I have found some promising looking instructions, I'll let you know how it goes. – fredley Nov 11 '11 at 14:08
This method does not work. – fredley Nov 11 '11 at 14:30
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You can install both gcc-4.4 and gcc-4.6 if you wish. The binaries for them would be: /usr/bin/gcc-4.4 and /usr/bin/gcc-4.6.

Besides this, if you want /usr/bin/gcc to point to /usr/bin/gcc-4.4, then you have to update the link yourself or use update-alternatives as explained in this question.

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@mac It's a shame the old link doesn't work anymore. I've updated the response to point to link you suggested since it provides a good explanation of what has to be done indeed. Thanks. – jcollado Mar 1 '13 at 8:48

The answer to your question is No

If you wish to use 4.4 for compiling tasks then install it, it's in the repos

The easiest way is to install synaptic, search gcc, g++, cpp.

You can also use the software centre, search gcc-, g++=, cpp= (note that = is not a typo)

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How do I get it from the repos? – fredley Nov 11 '11 at 14:30
easiest is to install synaptic, search gcc, g++, cpp. I guess one could use software center though it's still a pain to use. In S-C I'd search gcc-, g++=, cpp= (note that = is not a typo – doug Nov 11 '11 at 15:15

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