With the help of pro-rsoft i have put together a few scripts that help compiling the skeleton included in the cvs. this is useful if you have installed panda3d using a package and dont want the full source compiled. it should work on most linuxes, otherwise you have to adjust the include paths.
clean.sh: cleans all compiled files
test.sh: cleans, compiles and runs the test.py
make.sh: compiles the skeleton files.
edit: fixed the link