The GNU guys have come up with a new easier method than going through a whole bunch of directories and a whole bunch of vi editing before you compile from source. Now we have mostly been used to the autogen, configure , make and make install. Well bad news is this might soon be history and you will miss it. Though its gonna be around; like when the new GUI's and gui based tools came in for *nix; most newbies use em. Same is gonna go for this as well.
Anyway the new project is called GNU Source Installer. Might be interesting to check it out. Guess soon with all the disto'sthis will be bundled.