For any software development work in ubuntu, some software packages are needed. For example C/C++ will be needed by almost all the developmental work
how to install the required libraries and needed softwares for development, here are the steps
You create a password for the super user
Give the password of the default user and then give the root password twice.
Once you install Ubuntu (any distro), just update the softwares by the following command:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential libxmu-dev
(the above line will install softwares of size nearly 56MB)
This will install latest G++ compiler along with other developmental libraries.