another tip: use checkinstall! You can find it in the extra directory of slackware.
It's a really GREAT tool that creates slackware packages from your self compiled tools. They're probably not the best for distribution but this way you can deinstall older software with less hassle.
checkinstall does the "make install" part for you so the command line would be `./configure --prefix=/usr/local && make && checkinstall`