The Ubuntu repositories contain thousands of packages, and with 3rd party repositories you can get even more. However, sometimes you might want to compile packages from source in the following cases. Package is not available in the repositories Package in the repositories may be too old Package in the repositories has a feature in program disabled due to some reasons Package in the repositories may have a bug which has been fixed by the author of the package. You want to test a patch to help a developer fixing a bug You want to try your hand at compiling programs from scratch. You might need to compile software depending on the language in which the program is written. Applications which require compiling are usually written in C and C++ .
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