Alien - Use Any Package On Any Distribution
Sep 08, 2010, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sometimes, a utility or an application that you want to install
is impossible to find in the format of your distribution. Alien is
a utility that can convert one package type into another.It can get
you out of a fix when you can't find a package for your
distribution, and it is also useful for package maintainers who
want to distribute packages for distributions that they don't run.
It can work with Slackware, Debian and RPM packages as input and
"It's surprising how much stuff you tend to come across that is
stuck in a single package format. Printer drivers are an example of
software that is often abandoned without sourcecode."