Thats because gcc is a c compiler where as g++ is a c++ compiler, i have used both, and they are the same except for that one thing.
At any rate, good luck with your programming, its fun, but not usually easy. I've spent the last 2 evens for like 6 hours a day working on my one program so, just be prepared to spend alot of time on it. Don't get discouraged, and ENJOY POINTERS! their your friend...

{Mr. Rage, I plan on showing up to irc tonight, if you could be there, i'd like to have you help me test my program to test requirements if you would please}

Regards,

Skull
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