This is true, although that workaround isn't a proper install of the tools; e.g., it doesn't include the udev rules that the package had. A workaround also doesn't make the apt repository not broken, so the bug report is still valid.
See also: Since at least February 10th (i.e., more than a month!), the apt repo has been broken, 404ing. For those of us that purchased the device new, this makes the Flirc very difficult to use properly. Although the binaries are available, the udev rules that are apparently required to make it work without root access are more difficult to find. Thanks, - Patrick