Joined: July 2004
||Posted: Aug. 16 2007,12:58
This is not necessarily true (although I have no experience with 3d-desktop to say positively). Here's (briefly) the way software distribution tends to work in the open source world...
|For the 3ddesk yuo have to compile the source|
The software developer creates or modifies a program and makes the source code available on the web.
Individuals who have interest in the program download the source and compile the program.
In a short time (very short if the program is popular) some individuals download the source, compile it with a specific Linux/BSD distribution in mind, and create a binary package for that distribution which is then submitted to binary repositories (deb or rpm, for example).
After this point, most people get the software through these repositories rather than through the developer's website. The website is often used only to learn more about the program.
You can most likely get a binary version of the program using apt.