it's been a while since I've been into linux..
usually there is a "makefile" .. the "make" command needs a file name after it.. like "make install" if you run it in the directory of the unzipped folder.
usually there is an install and compile script ..
the greatsest thing about linux is the help system though .. I would suggest looking elsewhere on the web for linux specific helps.. use the term "how-to" a lot.. or use the "man" command.. for manual ,,.. then a command anme if you're confused..
ohh yeah all of that stuff I said was from the terminal .. so I hope you know how to navigate in it.. it's much like the DOS terminal on a windows box ..