The hardest thing to get used to so far with Linux is the installing of software manually. I keep downloading these tar.gz, jar, zip files, and some of them I can stumble across installing them. For the most part I'm just staring at a whole bunch of files I don't understand.
I know I have to extract the files before installing, but what do I do from there? Sometimes ./configure works and sometimes it doesn't. For instance. I downloaded the AppDynamicLite.zip but I cant install it. And many more programs. Any advice would be much appreciated.
p.s. I have googled this question, but most of the sites (not all) tell you how to run the program, already assuming the one who did the downloading was smart enough to install the program with the source.