= A =
[originally from Cygnus Solutions, later Red
Hat Software] To set up or modify a source-code distribution
so that it configures and builds using the GNU project's
autoconf/automake/libtools suite. Among open-source hackers, a
mere running binary of a program is not considered a full release;
what's interesting is a source tree that can be built into binaries
using standard tools. Since the mid-1990s, autoconf and friends
been the standard way to adapt a distribution for portability so
that it casn be built on multiple operating systems without change.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.