Ubuntu users are used to using Synaptic for their software needs and the other user chunk has apt-get via command line. But Ubuntu users don’t have to be sad for those packages which are still distributed in RPM format. Installation of RPM packages can be checked here.
If an Ubuntu user wishes to install a RPM package, a utility is created for this purpose and is called Alien. This doesn’t guarantees that the package will work, its actually a software that converts format of the package. In order to install Alien some prerequisite software are also required including gcc and make.
To install Alien utility, following code should be executed:
sudo apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential
For performing conversion, run the following command:
sudo alien SomePackage.rpm
To continue with the installation, dpkg tool can be used as follows.
sudo dpkg -i SomePackage.deb