Unfortunately i've not Redhat, but i think most of the linux distributions have a installation and
package configuration tool, for searching cards, basic network config, install and uninstall packages
and so forth. I've just checked my alsa.rpm package on suse 8.0, sorry my fault, alsaconf is a suse script
does not belong to alsa. Nevertheless Redhat will probably have something similar for the user, i guess.
Did you have consulted your Redhat handbook about sound configuration? There you should find the name of the
appropriate package or packages.
As for compiling ALSA package. Hm yes this would be the most appropriate methode. But then it
is necessary to check a lot of stuff about your linux kernel configuration, installed kernel sources, header files, compiler
package and version numbers and so on.