Installing from source code

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – Ok...I admit I'm new to linux... but this is really bothering me... I've gotten used to the ease of YUM and RPM with install nice, neat packages, and even add software repositories, so I won't have to keep looking for updates, and keeping all my sofware nice and organized... but the source code is still a thorn in my side. Every single time I've tried to install programs from source, I'm missing files. then I get lost in the affectionately termed, dependency hell. For a simple program like Pidgin ( a messenger program), I've had to download multiple other source codes, that then give me errors (HowTos)