This triple-release is in anticipation of a 2.6.14 kernel release. The two libs as well as the conntrack program are userspace counterparts to the "next generation" subsystems inside the kernel netfilter part.
The release involved lots of painful learning-by-doing of autoconf/automake. I'm not a fan of them at all, but I sill think it's less burden than trying to invent everything on your own (like we did with the iptables package) and thus forcing more burden onto the package maintainers of the distributions.
I'll probably release libnfnetlink_log and libnfnetlink_queue tomorrow... but I really don't have any time to work on netfilter at the moment, despite this TODO list :(.