RPM is Red Hat Package Manager. So Distros like Red Hat, Fedora, centOS, openSuse does have RPM tool installed by default. On the other hand, Debian product like Ubuntu has dpkg utility to install .deb package.
But evenif you have RPM and have nothing to do, you can use alien utility instead.
Use alien tool instead if you have number of RPMs.
sudo apt-get install alien
sudo alien -k name-of-rpm-file.rpm
Hope it helps !!
Last edited by linuxunix; 03-31-2010 at 04:41 AM.