Originally Posted by PZ4
Secondly I would also like to know how compile it myself with a GUI tool and also for possible future use.
well i hardly know any proper GUI tools for compiling (simple) files. The easiest way imho is just doing it in bash on the CLI. RPM's are always preferable to doing it this way though, in the end it will cause much less (dependency) problems.
tar zxvf foo.tar.gc
sudo make install
but you need to have the "Development Tools" group installed to succesfully compile your own software, otherwise you will get lots of errors (gcc, make, automake, etc.)