SVN r6203 builds without problems.
Actual distribution began as Xubuntu -- but I've added various PPAs as well as other non-Xubuntu software.
eris23@desktop:~$ sdl-config --version
eris23@desktop:~$ sdl-config --cflags
-I/usr/include/SDL -D_GNU_SOURCE=1 -D_REENTRANT
eris23@desktop:~$ sdl-config --libs
I didn't realize that, while the login shell is bash
ls -l /bin/sh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 May 6 15:03 /bin/sh -> dash
Why dash? https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DashAsBinSh