Well, after unpacking the file you usually find compiling instructions from the README and INSTALL files provided with the sources. But basically it goes as following: (Well, I assume that U have all requiered programs installed..)
3: make install
But as said, you MUST have all programs installed for software developing!!
else you *Will* get some serious errors.
Good luck, and remember: Linux == Read, Read, Read, and learn... =)