Linux – Installing Applications From Source Code

My preference is to install an application into my Linux machine available from the distros package repositories. This way, I could just use, "apt-get" or "yum".

But there will come a time that your selected Linux distro does not have the application you need in its package repositories. If you need it, then the only way is to install it from its source code.

I still remember back in early 2000 when I started using Linux - the first release of Fedora Core. Installation was a pain, not to mention that it does not support most hardware like my USB modem. Linux was only then for the geeks and enthusiasts. I am not a geek but I am an enthusiast.

Today, most applications needed by most users are available in binary form and can be easily installed using their distro's application manager. However, there are times that only the source code is available and you really need or want the apps, then compile it yourself.

Installing an application from its source code is easy. Like when I needed to install HTMLDOC for my Kloxo VPS, I use this guide as I can't find the application in binary form supported by Centos 5.

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Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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