Alien converts a Debian package into a standard RPM package from source code and installs it using your distribution’s standard package management utilities. While distribution-specific packages from trustworthy repositories or compiling from source are to be preferred, alien gives you an option when the only thing available is a Debian package.
Per your distribution. For example:
- Open Mandriva or derivatives:
sudo urpmi alien
sudo zypper install alien
To convert a Debian package to an RPM and install it:
sudo alien -ri PACKAGE_NAME.deb
Keep in mind that Debian and RPM packages each have capabilities that the other lacks, so something may be lost in translation.