I am planning to buy a (hopefully, inexpensive - I'm poorer than I used to be) Linux laptop to replace my Mac laptop. I'd like to be able to write & compile/interpret programs in C/C++, Python, SQL, and R. Does Ubuntu have/support all of these?

Might it be better to just buy a Windows laptop and then download Cygwin? I'd like to get Ubuntu, but I worry about cost.


Ubuntu supports C/C++, Python, SQL, and R for sure. Don't worry about this.

For R:

 sudo apt-get install r-base     

For Python:

sudo apt-get install python

You can write the code (Geani for example) and compile with GCC. For C:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install gcc

For SQL:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server


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    It would be nice to have some more info, plus some links... – Wilf Feb 14 '14 at 17:22

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