While having numerous Linux distros has a great advantage of choice, one drawback is that package management is not unified yet. Packaging system is different on the major distros and their forks. Though it happens almost never on Ubuntu, I am pretty sure some other distro user might face situations where a particular software is not packaged for his distro. Quite unfortunate and frustrating when we consider the fact that all these distros are just userspace forks running the same kernel in the core.
One possible solution to this problem is package conversion. Though it won’t work with core system packages many a time it comes handy when normal apps packages are converted. Here are 2 apps which do the same on Linux:
- Alien: Handy utility available on major distros. Package Converter is the GUI to this cmdline utility.
- Almohazzem: Seemed a little more intuitive than Alien with Package Converter. It depends on the following packages:
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Download the correct packages from the Files section on SourceForge.