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Old 04-08-2005, 09:14 AM   #1
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Can I install packages to Ubuntu from the Mandrake CDs?

I have just installed Warty (only got 56k - waiting for Hoary CD) and I like it a lot already. I tried Mandrake and it almost turned me off Linux for life.

However, there is a lot of software on the Mandrake CDs (6 of them) I was wondering, since I've only got dialup, if it is possible to somehow install some of these into Ubuntu. Would save heaps of time, eh?

Being the clueless newbie that I am, I would need severe but tender hand holding and patient instructions - that is, if it is possible.

Any takers?
Old 04-08-2005, 01:54 PM   #2
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Its hit and miss because Mandrake uses RPM and Ubuntu uses DEB as package formats. Its possible to convert rpms to debs, but they are not guaranteed to work, because of dependency problems and you can potentially hose your Ubuntu installation.
Old 04-08-2005, 11:59 PM   #3
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yeah, I've had similar advice on a different forum. I think I'll just use the preinstalled programs on Ubuntu for now, and stick with the mac for the MP3s and DVDs etc.

thanks reddazz
Old 04-11-2005, 12:23 AM   #4
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You don't want to mess with trying to install mandrake packages on ubuntu. Just use the prepackaged ubuntu stuff. Download it over night or something... you know the drill.


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