I have been having a little problem with Audacity which if anyone can help with I'd be grateful if you could take a little look at this thread over here
However, that is not the subject of my question here.
You'll see from that thread that I originally had Audacity installed using RPM (apt-get actually) but later tried compiling from source to see if that would solve my problem (it didn't).
When I installed it via RPM I had a nice little icon in my "Sound & Video" menu with which to start the application.
Having installed it from source of course I had no such shortcut.
My question is this: if the RPM packagers are able to create an RPM that puts an application into the menu structure why can't I?
As a newbie, the only way I have found to simplify the process of stating an application not listed in the menu is to:
a) find the start-up executable - usually in somewhere like /usr/bin;
b) make a symbolic link to my desktop
c) find a suitable custom icon to use...
This all seems a little clumsy.
Is there a more professional way?