I was just saying that the author thinks that people should just move up from autotools and use something better or write something cleaner, when in fact a lot of software developers aren't even aware of autotools or other ways of solving the problems of configuration and deployment. Indeed, they might not even be aware that those problems exist. For those developers "even" autotools is better than what they're doing.
In essence, the author is enjoying a luxury problem: he can complain about people who know what he is talking about while overlooking the hordes of software developers who hard-code everything, fire up Visual Studio, and pass round the resulting binary. It's like someone at a gentleman's club complaining about the manners of the doorman when just along the street people are swearing and fighting each other.