"There are few people who would deny that autoconf, automake and
libtool have revolutionized the free software world. While there
are many thousands of Autotools advocates, some developers
absolutely hate the Autotools, with a passion. Why? Let me try to
explain with an analogy.
"In the early 1990's I was working on the final stages of my
bachelor's degree in computer science at Brigham Young University.
I took a 400-level computer graphics class, wherein I was
introduced to C++, and the object-oriented programming