3.2 How compatible is Debian with other distributions of Linux?
Debian developers communicate with other Linux distribution creators in an
effort to maintain binary compatibility across Linux distributions. Most
commercial Linux products run as well under Debian as they do on the system
upon which they were built.
Debian GNU/Linux adheres to the
Linux Filesystem Hierarchy
Standard. However, there is room for interpretation in some of the
rules within this standard, so there may be slight differences between a Debian
system and other Linux systems.
Debian GNU/Linux supports software developed for the
Linux Standard Base. The LSB is a
specification for allowing the same binary package to be used on multiple
distributions. Packages for the Debian Etch release must not conflict with
requirements of the LSB, v1.3. As of this writing, Debian GNU/Linux is not
formally LSB-certified. However, some Debian derived distributions are.
Discussion and coordination of efforts towards ensuring Debian meets the
requirements of the Linux Standard Base is taking place on the
debian-lsb mailing list.