To be fair, you guys'd get pretty pissed if users just started downloading random crap off the Internet and then complaining about how they can't compile MESS, when there are guides around that supposedly tell you exactly how to compile it. In this case,

ETA: For what it's worth, "configure" does seem to be working, it's just taking a long time to configure everything. I think it took about 10 minutes to get through, and that's on a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo. frown