Is it possible to have several Anki versions on Linux?

Dear Anki community,

The question is: is it possible to have several Anki versions on Linux?

I have a Windows background, and recently installed Ubuntu 20.04 on an old Laptop.

Digression: I am new to Linux, so this may be a silly question.

On Windows, I managed to have several Anki versions by: (1.) downloading the .exe file, (2.) change the program folder-path (for example C:\Program Files\Anki2138\ instead of C:\Program Files\Anki), (3.) installing and renaming the desktop shortcut (i.e. Anki —> Anki2138).

This allows me to have several releases on one computer. In other words, I can use add-ons that only on certain releases work, simply by “Switch Profile” —> “Downgrade and Quit”, and opening the respective release.

Is something like this possible on Linux? I downloaded Anki 2.1.26, followed the README file, done the same with 2.1.38, but failed to have 2 Ankis (I anticipated this, but tried anyway).

I can uninstall everything (i.e. start from scratch) and follow your suggestions: that’s not an issue.

The Linux version can be run directly from the untarred folder, without installing it.

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