OK, I've been getting into linux more and more for a little while... but there's one problem I cant seem to solve. I've gotten apt-get and synaptic, but there are some linux apps that I only have the source for that I want to install. Can some take some time and help out a newbie?
What is the process of compiling source code and making an application that I can run? I am currently running SuSE 9.1 primarily, but I also have access to FC2 and Mandrake 10.0
PS... If you are going to talk about things like "make" and "./configure" ... please explain what they do, and how to use them, I see these often in fourm posts regarding compiling source, but have no idea what they are!