If you compile the programs like you are now, then you can usually just enter "make uninstall". But you need to make sure you keep the compile directory on your computer . If you've deleted it, then you can always just delete the directories that the programs got installed to (download the source again, and check to see where it installed files to).
You can also try out checkinstall; you'll need to download it if you don't already have it, and run checkinstall as root after the "make" command. If you're familiar with Windows, then what checkinstall basically does is create a single install file (package) from the many source files. You can then mess with that package with whatever package management software comes with your distribution.
Personally I think it makes application management easier, as you can see in one place all the apps you have installed, and remove if you want, without having to allocate space on yoru hard drive for a bunch of source code directories. Of course, you can also create your own package manually (relatively).
The best way to uninstall would be to get the precompiled package for your distribution. If you use a more popular distribution, you should be able to find one.
edit: or...you can go to that thread
Last edited by helliax; 12-17-2005 at 02:48 AM.