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cc and gcc are C compilers. They're what's used to create the executable stuff (in binary) for a particular machine architecture (386, Pentium, etc.) You will need gcc if you want to install any software that is distributed in source code form (since you will be compiling it yourself, using make, etc.)
What distribution do you have? Most major Linux distros come with gcc, and all the related stuff you need to do compilation.
So fire up rpmdrake, add your favorite mirror containing files from the RPMS directory (or whatever tool you wish to use, I suggest using Software Manager in the Mandrake Control Center though..)
And in the search area type:
select all the packages and click "install"
From there it will go through, download all the necessary applications (there will be A LOT) and install them. If you are on dial up, go to sleep.
When you wake up, hopefully there were no time-outs and it finished successfully and now you've got gcc installed.
I got files from the sites....downloaded some files...
used urpmi to unpack, connected to web and downloaded some files...
./configure gets further now, but ends not finding glib.
From what i can gather, this is core c lib that a box needs to run?? is it possible i have it in a different name?
also, now i cannot use urpmi, get an error in line 811.