It seems that thirft has been tested on ubuntu ( https://builds.apache.org/job/Thrift/ ), but I could not run bootstrap on Fedora.
Because of automake 1.12 backward incompatibility, the Makefile.am in compiler/cpp has been troublesome. I could create a workaround for it. The patch was tested on CentOS 6.4 and Fedora 18 with command : `./bootstrap.sh && ./configure && make && make dist`
From the discussion of https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/THRIFT-646 , autoconf target was set to 2.65. On the other hand, CentOS 6.4 has 2.63 with erlang patched. So I think it is safe to lower it to 2.63 here.