It'll take a little tweaking and cajoling to get it installed properly, but it does seem like just what the doctor ordered. I would just keep the original archive around since, if the reason should arise, you may have to refer to the contents installed to do a manual un-installation.
...ooor, you could try using something like alien
or, even better yet, how to create your own RPMs. Perhaps fund an unofficial RPM repo, talk to them, try to get them to carry it, etc.