i've got a question..
i find that it takes a great amount of time and some confusion when i try to install programs that are downloaded with the name:
.tar.gz or .tar.bz2
first you extract, then you ./configure and then you make....but if you don't have all the other files and "stuff" it won't make....so then you go back to the README file and try to decipher it....which is sometimes successful, and sometimes not...but after you get all your files and "stuff" , you then ./configure and make and make install ...and so on....how is the easiest way to do this when you are having a hard time finding an .rpm version of the prog?
if you get a bunch of errors, can you debug them with a terminal command? ...
are there special apps out there that do all of this for ya?