hi, doesn't compiling soruce you've downloaded from the internet drive you nut? everyone here "been there, done that"
sure its nice if there's rpm aviable, but when there isn't any rpm, i guess ./configure, make, make install is what you gotta do.
i've came accross this doc while i was seeking information. and i found this quite helpful when it comes to compile softwares. hope this will benefit you as well