Re: Installing applications manually ?
check out "alien" this will install tar balls or RPM type packages and
register them with the packaging system so you can uninstall or
upgrade easily in the future.
you can just install by hand using `make install` or whatever, but
then things can get confusing in the future. If you take the later
route, make sure to install under /usr/local (usually the default when
building from source), that way deb packages won't stomp on your files