The message you reported is, typically, caused by DNS configuration problems. (I.e.: A "failure in name resolution" is a Directory Name Service problem.)
So, as you said, you had a network problem.
If you have another (working) Internet connection, you could download the RPM file from the Fedora repository, move the file to the system needing Samba, and use the rpm
command to install it.
To answer your first question - how to use the compressed source code file:
1) Use the ark
command in a GUI, or the tar
command from the command line to extract the source code to a directory of your choice. (If you use ark
, a subdirectory of the selected directory will usually be created containing the packed structure.)
2) Start a command line (terminal) window and use the cd
command to change your working directory to the directory created in step 1.
3) Enter the command ./configure
to set up your system to compile the source code. This will also check that you have all the needed development tools installed. (If you're using source code, you will need to have a compiler and many libraries installed on your system. If you don't already have them installed, and your connection is "problematic," you may find it difficulte to work from source code.
4) Use the make
command to compile the source code.
5) Use the sudo make install
command to install the system you've compiled. (The sudo
is needed because the command(s) you've created need to be installed in "system" space.