The vast number of different Linux distributions, while providing lots of
healthy choice for Linux users, has created a problem for software
developers—particularly developers of non-free software.
Each distribution packages and supplies certain base libraries,
configuration tools, system applications, and configuration
files. Unfortunately, differences in their versions, names, and
locations make it very difficult to know what will exist on any
distribution. This makes it hard to develop binary applications that
will work reliably on all Linux distribution bases.
To help overcome this problem, a new project sprang up called the
“Linux Standard Base.” It aims to describe a standard base
distribution that complying distributions will use. If a developer
designs an application to work against the standard base platform, the
application will work, and be portable to, any complying Linux
You can find information on the status of the Linux Standard Base
project at its home web site at https://www.linuxbase.org/.
If you're concerned about interoperability, particularly of software
from commercial vendors, you should ensure that your Linux
distribution is making an effort to participate in the standardization