Most of the linux softwares are available in source code. To install software on linux from source code, you need to download the source code in tar.gz format from the providers web site or ftp server. This can be done with wget command.
# wget http://url/filename.tar.gz
Now you need to un compress the source (tar.gz) file
# tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
Now go to the directory.
# cd FOLDER-NAME
Now to install the program.
# make install
configure command will check the system and prepare to compile. Next "make" command compile the software. After compilation of software you can install it with command "make install".