Since Debian packages can be used for Debian and Fedora, we get very good coverage with these. If you could document how this is done, then we could move towards making this the default method of installation.
I simply build the package with:
To build the package you need:
apt-get build-dep dotlrn
apt-get install build-essential fakeroot
The hard part is debianize the package which is better covered somewhere in the debian's developer corner:
Hope that helps.