Alien converts between the rpm, deb and Slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package from another distribution than the one you have installed on your system, you can use alien to convert it to your preferred package format and install it.

Installation :

apt-get install alien


Use the following  to install your rpm file :

alien -i rpm_file_to_install.rpm

Converting rpm file to deb:

alien -k rpm_file_to_convert.rpm

Then you will need to use the following command to install the deb file resulted :

dpkg -i name_of_created_deb_file.deb

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