Originally Posted by klearview
tar.gz/bz2 is an archive.
tar xvf package.tar.gz
Well... to uncompress a gzipped archive using the tar command, you have to add the -z option:
tar zxf archive.tar.gz
whereas to uncompress a bzipped archive you have to add the -j option:
tar jxf archive.tar.bz2
Regarding the installation issues, I agree with klearview: read the README and INSTALL files inside the archive itself and look for any specific issue related to your operating system and/or the built environment (compilers, type of CPU and so on...). Always check the developer's web site to find out more specific information about the requirements and the installation procedure.
As a general overview, you can look at this sticky thread
, here at LQ.