Even though at the Sourceforge page there is a
tar.gz that you can extract and use the install script to install the program, I had problems with it, so it is indeed best to compile a version against the libraries on your system.
Your main compilation problem seems to be the lack of
libboost development libraries: you can get all of these by running
sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev
However, there are a number of other dependencies and build dependencies that are necessary for the program, so here's how I successfully compiled it on Ubuntu 12.04.
First download the necessary prerequisites:
sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall subversion
Now, install all the build dependencies:
sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev libhunspell-dev libwxgtk2.8-dev libwxbase2.8-dev
and then the dependencies for running the program:
sudo apt-get install libhunspell-1.3-0 libwxbase2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-0 libboost-system1.48.0 libboost-regex1.48.0
If you have any problems running the program you will probably just need another
libboost related shared library; refer to this thread on the program's forum.
Note: These lists of packages relate to those on 12.04; the versions of the libboost libraries (and others) may be different on later Ubuntu versions.
I presume you checked out the code from svn by entering
svn co https://magicseteditor.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/magicseteditor/trunk magicseteditor
cd in terminal to the
magicseteditor folder, and simply run
./configure && make
If you wish to set a prefix where it is to be installed or wish to select another configure option, run
./configure --help before you run
./configure && make.
Now just run
sudo checkinstall --pkgversion=2.0
However, after that you must also install the data folders into
checkinstall did not seem to install that data. So make sure
~/.magicseteditor exists, and make sure you are in the magicseteditor folder where you compiled it, and run:
cp -r data/ ~/.magicseteditor/
cp -r src/resource/msw/cursor/ ~/.magicseteditor/resource
cp -r src/resource/msw/icon/ ~/.magicseteditor/resource
cp -r src/resource/msw/tool/ ~/.magicseteditor/resource
cp -r src/resource/msw/other/* ~/.magicseteditor/resource
cp -r src/resource/common/* ~/.magicseteditor/resource
Make sure no mistakes are made when copying these across, as the directory structure is important.
Again, these commands will only work if you are in the magicseteditor folder in which you compiled it. (Indeed there does seem to be a
Resources.sh in the magicseteditor folder that can be used to install the data, but it does not install the data directory, so I should use the commands above, which will install everything you need instead.)
It also seems that you need the fonts from the other package, so download it, move to its containing folder, and extract it with
tar -xzvf mse-linux32-2011-02-05-full.tar.gz
cd to the folder and run
cp fonts/* ~/.fonts
magicseteditor & and the screenshots such as those below will appear.