Let's get you startetd.
GTK stands for "gimp toolkit" and is a widget/ui drawing program. Chances are that you are using it without even knowing it. GCC and G++ are C compilers. You will also need autoconf, libtool, and make if you wish to compile programs.
not need to compile those programs. You can use suse's package manager instead, unless you need the absolute
latest versions, AFAIK all of the versions of GaIM and Kopete since suse 9.1 support MSN...
IF the package isn't in suse's package manager or you MUST compile it, here's the way to do it. It's alot easier to just get it from the package manager, if you can.
However, if you want to compile the program, here's what you do.
First, you will need a C compiler and a host of other tools.
Namely, you need gcc, g++, libtool, autoconf, and make. You should install all of these tools from SUSE's package manager.
Then you download the archive and extract it to somewhere...
Then open a terminal and type:
where path/to/wherever is where you extracted it to.
Next, you need to configure it. If you need any other libraries, it will tell you here.
Type the following command into your terminal.
If this ends with an error, it should tell you why. Chances are that it requires some library or package that you don't have.
Go to suse's package manager and install these packages and re-run configure. Repeat until it completes successfully.
Finally, you need to build and install the program.
As root type:
make && make install
That will build the program, and ( && ) if that exits sucessfully, it will install the program.
Once that's done that should be it. You may need to add the program to KDE or GNOME's menu.