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How do I install and manage RPMs?

As I see more application/softwares are distributed in rpm format, I would like to know if I should choice from the below two.

  1. YUM
  2. Alien

Are there any better("Stable/Advanced") tool available for installation/remove/update of rpm format application/softwares under ubuntu..

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marked as duplicate by fossfreedom, enzotib, Rinzwind, htorque, Marco Ceppi Sep 2 '11 at 12:56

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I don't know where you're looking at but i see more debs than rpms, to convert rpms to debs you have to use alien or Alien-gui, if you want a gui. – Uri Herrera Sep 2 '11 at 3:34

Just find the deb for that program. There's no reason to use rpm on ubuntu bcz debs are more popular than rpm. And it's unlikely that a linux program provides rpm wihout providing a deb, unless that program is specifically for rpm distros like Fedora ^^.

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There's software that provides only debs and tar files, does that mean said software is specifically only for debian-based distros?. – Uri Herrera Sep 2 '11 at 7:31
F-Secure Linux Security provides only RPM. – Dan Dascalescu Dec 30 '12 at 13:35

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