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I have installed Ubuntu on a Nexus 7 (with an ARM processor). I want to install a DEB package made for i386 architecture.

Is that possible ? How should I proceed ?

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有帮徒, could you please tell us what package you would like to install ? If it is an open-source app, it may just be in the Ubuntu Software Center. –  Agmenor Dec 18 '12 at 6:31
    
Conceivably, it should be possible to install and run any non-ARM binary by using emulation such as Qemu. Since emulation is effectively translation of the instruction set on-the-fly, I wonder if it's possible to ‘pre-translate’ the binaries to achieve a faster runtime speed. If it is possible, it should happen automatically at installation, without relying on developers/packagers to have compiled the ARM version of every package. –  James Haigh Dec 19 '13 at 20:42

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You can't install a i386 package on ARM, but it is very well possible that an ARM alternative exists or if source code is available you might be able to compile from sources.

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Like others have said, the i386 package likely won't run, but if you want to install it anyway, you can run

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i /path/to/package.deb
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