End users and developers alike appreciate being able to easily install an application. End users have downloaded the software intending to use it; they don't want to spend lots of time compiling. Developers probably won't want to spend lots of time playing with your code until they've seen it work and are convinced that it is interesting enough to hack at. Using the KDE packaging system presented in this chapter simplifies the creation of software packages that are easy to compile and install.
For more information about autoconf and automake, please see the GNU info pages included with the distribution (you can browse info pages with KHelpCenter) or look at the following Web sites: