Hi everyone, I've used debian and debian-based distros for some time, I decided to try fedora, I've come across several pieces of software that are available only as deb, is there something I can do to install those that can't be built from source?
Also is there some kind of guide to transition from debian to fedora, or some site that explains the key differences?
I'm not asking about a particular piece of software, as a matter of fact all the ones I've found as .deb only have source available, however I'd like to know what to do when I try to download some closed source software.
Somewhat related question (I guess that's where @ipushpeople is getting at). Assuming there is no RPM and no source available, is there a way of installing a .deb package directly? Either through the package manager, or through the terminal, or both?
Most cases you might find someone has unpacked the deb and made an rpm somewhere. You can use alien to convert between package formats with varying results. Your best bet though is to get something mean to run on the system.
in my experience, you'll find closed source software distributed in .rpm and .run/.sh far more often than you will in .deb. People Tend to build against RHEL for software they expect people to pay for or expect commercial support.
There will always be edge cases, sure, but for the few you find, there's always community ports and tools like