BIGTOP-1314 highlights the fact that we now have 2 build systems: Makefile and build.gradle. And the fact that the Makefile approach is now deprecated.
As per Mark's suggestion in that JIRA, the future of Makefile should be decided on the mailing list before the next JIRA comes out to further distance from Make and embrace gradle. Should we continue to support the Makefile builder?
Vote +1 : To eliminate the Makefile Vote -1 : To keep the makefile and support both.
It seems very inelegant to have both build systems at the same time, to me.... But I know there is another side to the debate.