Most of the time you’ll be installing packages with the built-in Linux package manager. For CentOS, that’s yum. For Debian, it’s apt-get and so on. If you’re lucky. Unfortunately, not all useful software is neatly packaged in repositories. There’s a lot of it lying wild out there, just waiting to be compiled and installed. In this article, we’ll show you how to install tar.gz files using the traditional manner on a fresh CentOS install.