Originally Posted by Score
I am never able to compile them
Can you then start off by explaining which steps you took, where it goes wrong, what error messages you get?
Typically, the installation of a program from source (.tar.gz, .tar.bz, ...) involves the following steps:
1. Un-tar & unzip using tar command
2. Go into source code directory
5. make test #optionally
6. sudo or su to become root
7. make install #as root, unless you install the software in non-restricted directories (ie not in the standard
If you want specific guides, per piece of software, then you'll need to search for the software's website. Searching with Google or on these forums (specially the Software forum) would be a good way to start...