Ive been using Mint, and more recently Ubuntu for over a year now. Ive learned a lot, and know my way around most things. However, Ive yet to learn to compile and install things. This wouldnt be much of a problem if the guides for just about everything in .tar.gz form always went through. I cant for the life of me find a good guide on how to compile and install things in a tarball, and Id appreciate a good, easy, explanatory guide that will finally solve this for me.
Also, Ive been trying to install SmoothTasks (Or at least I believe its called)- Its a windows 7-like taskbar for kde. I cant figure how to install it, and would appreciate the help. I know its an easy question, but it would help me very very much to finally understand tarball installation, and how to finally pull one through. Thanks.