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Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition by Rickford Grant

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Project 9F: Compiling and Installing Programs from Source: Xmahjongg

Though it was far more common in the earlier days, compiling programs from source seems to be a phrase you still hear more in the Linux world than in any other. For the beginner, just the mention of compiling a program from source seems off-putting enough. The words compile and source seem to instill a sense of foreboding in the heart of the new user. That certainly was the case for me, anyway.

However, this method of installing programs is a lot easier than it sounds. In fact, now that you have some experience using the Terminal and command line, it is just plain easy—a sort of one, two, three, and you're done process.

Of course, you can live long and prosper without ever bothering ...

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