Occasionally, you’ll need to install software that’s only currently available as an .rpm package, meaning it is specifically packaged for a Red Hat Linux distro. These can be used to create a debian package, however, that can then be installed easily under Ubuntu. The program “alien” is used to do this:
- Open a terminal window by going to Applications > Accessories > Terminal.
- In the terminal window, type
sudo apt-get alien
then press Enter. If prompted to enter your password, do so, then press Enter.
- Follow the prompts to install alien.
- To create a gdeb package, enter in the terminal window
sudo alien --scripts
then press Enter, and follow the prompts.
You know have a gdeb package. In order to install the package, go to Applications > System Tools > GDebi Package Installer, select your new package, and away you go!