I was wondering, are dev downloads always as complete as their regular counterparts?
I assume you're referring to package names like seen in Debian and Ubuntu.
For example, the package
Unless you're manually compiling applications that use a library, you generally have no use for the
The packages ending in
However all the applications you install from packages will be using the shared libraries, which are not provided by the
Almost all library packages which end in
In summary: You should really download the base package as well as the