On 25 June 2001, Guido van Rossum said:
As long as it works, it works. I don't think there's a reason to spend more than absolutely minimal time trying to keep it working though -- we're trying to encourage everybody to migrate towards distutils. So (without having seen the SF report) I'd say "tough luck".
The catch is that I never got around to implementing statically building a new interpreter via the Distutils, so (for now) Makefile.pre.in is the only way to do this. ;-( (Unless someone added it to the Distutils while I wasn't looking, which wouldn't be hard since I haven't looked in, ummm, six months or so...)