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First of all there is no linux 8.0. You need to tell us what distribution you are using, i.e. Debian, Mandrake, Redhat, etc. and its version number.
Other than that you are on the right track. The error you are recieving is telling you that if you have a C compiler installed it cannot find it because its not in your path, or that, you do not have one installed. The former is more likely. You need to install the gcc package or an equivalent C compiler.
You should install the development packages for whatever distro you're using including gcc, make, and I'd recommend installing your kernel source as well if it isn't already.
Some distros, especially the so-called newbie friendly ones, don't include development tools by default and you have to install them. This isn't a fault of Linux in general, just a choice made my the developers of the particular distro.
Installing apps in Linux is no harder than windoze, just different. If you were to try and compile something in windoze you would also need a compiler and would get errors without it.
masonm: you're right, installing programs onto a GNU/linux box is just as easy as it is for windows, and (in my experience) often easier.
what most newbies probably aren't taught is *how*: using the package manager--your distro provides you with (ackermann(~4 to 5)) packages; most likely the one that does X (which you want done) is one of them.
so, OP, search through your packages; use yum, rpm, apt-get, synaptic; whatever your distro recommends/provides/you like.
Originally posted by freakyg sure there is.........linux 8.0 usually refers to Redhat 8.0
You need to be more specific about the distro you are using. There is no such thing as Linux 8.0 as you were informed. Distros are referred to by their name and version number. Only the Linux kernel is referred to as Linux and it hasn't reached version 8.0 yet.