When I discovered Hacker News, I'd never heard of Python. When I joined, I used Visual Studio Express, or rather Expresses because each was language locked. Obviously, I ran Windows. It was still four years until I bit the Emacs bullet.
Yeah, installing and running Pascal wouldn't be a problem for me now. But I remember a time when it would have been. I remember what that was like. Half of all programmers are below average. I'm certainly one of them.
Hell, noobs rPi’s come with the Wolfram language too.
Better read the history of gcc, it was commercialization of UNIX C compilers introduced by Sun, that made people start paying attention to gcc. Until then it was a largely ignored effort.
Finally I don't believe that anyone skilful enough to learn how to install Linux, is not able to install a compiler.