best way : install apt on ur machine.
for that, do this:
download the following 2 packages:
as root, goto the folder where u saved these 2, and type in:
rpm -ivh apt*
this will install both the above packages.
staying as root, do an :
now, u can search for any rpm that is available.
to search for the rpm, do a :
apt-cache search rpm-name/description
to install the rpm do a:
apt-get install rpm-name
and, thats that!
now, if there are some packages u cant install using apt, download it, and as root, type:
rpm -ivh rpm-name
don't get the rpm sources.
now, if u want to install some applications which are available as sources, download the *.tar.gz file or whatever.
first unzip the pack with a:
tar zxvf filename.tar.gz
if u downloaded a *.tar.bz2 file, then u wud unzip it using :
tar jxvf filename.tar.bz2
next go into the folder that was just created , read the file "INSTALL" or "README"
usually, all u have to do is:
make install (thisu sometimes have to do as root, but the iother 2 above can be done as normal user id)
and u shud be done. when the executable is created, u wud run it with a "./executable-name" command.
i wud strongly suggest u install apt now!!!!
it will save u a lot of headaches. most packages are in the apt repository, and it will take care of all dependencies for u. the only reason i tried redhat was cos it was supporting apt.