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Old 04-27-2016, 05:24 PM   #1
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Trying Alien to install deb on rpm platform - how good is it?

Hi guys,


I was trying to install xmind ( on fedora 21. It is open source - but only offered as a .deb package.


I looked up using deb packages on fedora and found the use of "alien" (a conversion software) or using apt-get on fedora.


Has anyone used either of these techniques with a reasonable level of success?


Since this is open source - would I be able to download a copy of the software and compile it on fedora 21?


I've been told that the two platforms *may* be incompatible and that I may require running through the "C" code or whatever else it has been written in and adjust the code. I am also scared of just trying it out of the box - as I probably need to do so as root and don't want anything to break on my system.


I do know that fedora 21 is out of date - just been too pre-occupied to change it - but will get around to it soon.
Old 04-28-2016, 06:28 AM   #2
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They offer a zip file for all platforms:

Don't use alien unless it's your only option (It usually works, but *could* damage your system. Different systems use different libs in different locations).

If you prefer a root installation, unpack the deb with ar as explained here:

Last edited by jens; 04-28-2016 at 06:33 AM.
Old 05-02-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Hi Jens,

Thank you for the links - it works fine on Fedora 21 when run in your own home directory - at least that is what I think thus far - haven't tested the software beyond starting it.


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