Quote Originally Posted by cybrsnpr View Post
True. Current Source is always the best way to go. But if that is beyond the scope of the user, then apt-get is usually an acceptable alternative (and also the simplest, though not necessarily the best).
If it's beyond the scope of the user to install Snort from source, then the user probably is getting ahead of his/her/itself in deploying Snort to begin with.

New users of Snort have absolutely nothing to gain except ignorance without reading the README/INSTALL files. There are many different options that can be compiled/omitted into the binary and the users should be aware and in control of them.

The solution to apt-get this/that works well for even seasoned Linux professionals for common secuity patches, program updates, libraries etc, but there are some things that _shouldn't_ be installed with packages; Snort is one of them - this is my point.