anyway here are some truly-bloody-hard-to-remember kinda how-to.
when i happen to do one, thousands (exaggerated for sure, but i dont know how to express like 'berpuluh-puluhan' or something to that effect) of google results i clicked to just to execute few tiny lines. why dont i compile it here for my reference, aite?
- download a tarball. its a compressed folder, or zipped as the one in win. the extension can be .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 and few others. (obviously from the websites n not repo/sypnaptic)
- change the directory to the folder that contains the downloaded tarball
cd /home/anggun/Download and ls to list all the files inside. should see the newly installed package by now.
- unpack the tarball
tar xzvf filename.tar.gz
tar xjvf filename.tar.bz2
- change the directory of newly unpack folder.
'cd /filename' then 'ls' to see what's inside.
- look for install.txt or readme.txt and take sometimes to read. in case there might be some useful info there.
- ./configure it just checks your system and assigns values for system-dependent variables.
- make to actually built the executable binary program.
- sudo make install to finally install it.
- done, if it returns no error somewhere. and congratulations.
p/s: i never succeed doing one. always try harder for a simpler alternative. too bad you tarballs, as bad as ur name sounds.