By default Ubuntu, and it's derivatives does not have
the programs to build other programs installed, so you
sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
That should also do the job for Debian systems.
Fedora users can check this out:
how to install development tools in Fedora 20
All software here is kept as source code in tarballs.
any program just download the tarball and unpack it in
some suitable directory, then:
tar -xzf program_name.tar.gz
make install (as root using sudo or other means)
You can also uninstall this software with:
make uninstall (as root using sudo or other means)
You may if you prefer, clone the
programs from github and build them using using autotools.
My account at github
The github version will always be updated first though I intend to update the tarball as soon as possible after any change.