I was wondering if the majority of Debian users are completly dependent on apt-get, or if you install your own packages. I'd imagine sooner or later every Debian user does install from source, since there isn't a Debian package for every Linux app in existance. But do you ever install a Debian package and find it doesn't work well, then try installing it from source? The reason I ask is that a handful of the programs I've downloaded with apt-get don't seem to have all the necessary data or operate correctly. I installed gdesklets and gdesklets-data with apt-get, but out of 4 desklets I successfully stalled, only one of them will run. The others give me an error whenever I try to start them
And then there's timidity and all it's related packages that I installed the other day. Then when I tried playing a midi file it didn't work, and I found out not only do I not have a /etc/timidity.cfg file, but I don't have a single instrument installed!!!
I'm just a little disgruntled with apt-get right now (or maybe it's my lack of experience I should be blaiming). I thought it was the end all get-it-and-go package installer and I didn't think I'd encounter as many problems as I have. So are you guys ever forced to install from source to get a particular package working correctly?