well, what you have downloaded isn't really a "package" but probably the source code in a tarball. You usually have to "compile" it from source, which sounds more difficult than it is.
What you *usually* do is simply this:
- Extract the tarball (on the homepage it says "extract in root directory, so try to place it there):
# tar xzvf [yourtarball.tgz]
This will extract the files to a new directory of the same name as the tarball
- *Read any files that are called INSTALL, README, etc.*
I usually do that in vi and make sure I get all the info that's in the files, they usually say something about things you have to take care of in the compiling process
- If you can't find any special instructions you have to follow, configure the source for your system:
- If you get no error messages, you seem to be good to go, so next step is make:
- Again, no error messages (not sure if you get error messages at this stage) you can do the install itself:
# make install
Now you should have the app installed. Before running "make install" you can "make test" test the Makefile, and you can clean up all the files you don't need anymore with "make clean".
- If all worked well, you should be able to just type in the name of the app in a terminal and the thing should be running.