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Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 4th Edition by Phil Bull, Rickford Grant

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Project 9D: 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.

You can live long and prosper without ever bothering to compile anything on your system. You can move along quite happily with your system as is, or you can just install programs by means of the much more convenient Ubuntu Software Center. Still, once in the Linux world, you are likely ...

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