"I will be honest with you: when it comes right down to it, I hate compiling applications in Linux.
Yes, yes, I know that the ability to compile our own applications on our own operating system is one of the Greatest Things Ever.
And that I would be an idiot to decry this unique ability found in Linux and its UNIX cousins. Compiling an application is, pound for
pound, the best way of installing an application on your PC because of the wonderful stability gained from an application
customized to your environment.
But why the heck does it have to be such a pain in the ass to accomplish?" Full column at LinuxPlanet.