On 21 April 1999, Guido van Rossum said:
Should we start integrating some of the results of the distutil SIG? (What's the status? I haven't been paying attention.)
It's in a state that other people can look at the code, but (apparently) not yet good enough for floods of patches to come in. Right now, Distutils has *just* enough marbles to "build" and install itself on Unix systems, and someone has contributed a patch so it works on NT. No support yet for compiling extensions, which of course is the important thing.