Well, I approach all this from the 'I was a sys. admin, end-user, and general hacker (in the good sense, making things work because I can!) first'.
My programming and package making skills are quite limited, but I want to learn how to make packages out of raw source code. Already tried a couple of times with very limited success in Ubuntu, found the combination of Debian packaging and Ubuntu-izing (is that even a verb?) someone else's source code a very steep learning curve!
And my experience with ./configure ./make ./make install is even more limited and less succesful.
I keep trying because once I get it it will help me get software I want to work, and I can add it to my resume
On another similar tack, is a recent Qemu build available/possible? that may be a decent way to run Classic Mac OS 9 say, perhaps making MOL slightly less urgent. And it might even be an interesting way to run/develop stuff for other systems (ARM, or embedded PowerPC).