I think it's just a compressed tarball, I never have to "build" or compile.
I checked through some links (post #3), and it seems they are mostly info for devs.
Not sure, do I have to make a Makefile?
as far as I remember it has been this way for a long time.
There is next to no documentation in the tar ball, install, readme, copy, about, etc.
it might help propagation if it did have some suitable docs. (If this is true for the alpha releases too then )