2000.04.19 02:19 "autoconf based configure", by Kiriakos Georgiou
My main concern is that a shift to a new configuration mechanism will cause hassles for a while. Files that get forgotten, DSO support that might be lost of some platforms. However, it might make it practical to make libtiff configuration "smarter" about stuff like using libjpeg, libz and other stuff if available on the system.
I've been using autoconf for a few years and I like it. I believe we have people with every machine imaginable so it will be quickly tuned to handle everything simply with a ./configure && make && make install just like all good free s/w.