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It's a long story, but it ends with me having Ubuntu 12.04 installed on my Compaq Evo D500 computer and a bunch of CentOS programs on a thumb drive.

I was just wondering if these would be compatible with Ubuntu. I usually like to ask a question before I possibly crash my system.

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Better idea would be searching them in Ubuntu repositories , or asking for help here for its alternatives ( which would be very rare). –  atenz Jul 19 '12 at 18:24
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Do you mean "rpm" installers? –  Thomas W. Jul 19 '12 at 18:56

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In short Maybe. CentOS is an operating system that is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. While Ubuntu is based on Debian.

Package will not be portable between them. However systems are almost the same, software developed for one can usually easily be compiled for the other, it just has to be compiled and packaged a little differently.

But using Alien you probably can. Alien is a program that converts between Red Hat rpm, Debian deb, Stam‐pede slp, Slackware tgz, and Solaris pkg file formats. If you want to use a package from another linux distribution than the one you have installed on your system, you can use alien to convert it to your pre‐ferred package format and install it. It also supports LSB packages.1

To install it, you can do so from USC

1Source: Ubuntu Manuals

P.S. Alien probably will not work with everything. Make sure you test before attempting.

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This is a useful link to use alien package converting tool

http://www.howtoforge.com/converting_rpm_to_deb_with_alien

I hope this will help you

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  saji89 Jun 21 '13 at 8:25
    
Thanks for the warm welcome. Your suggestion is acknowledged. :) –  user169015 Jul 12 '13 at 1:01

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