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How to build RHEL software to run on Debian?



I'm a software developer, and I would like one set of software binaries (applications, libraries) to be able to run across many Linux platforms, including FedoraCore, Redhat Enterprise Linux, and Debian (much the same way XAMPP -- http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html -- claims that its one Linux binary distribution runs on all SuSE, Redhat, Mandrake, and Debian).

What sort of things must I do as a developer to do this?

Should I carry as many of the dynamically-linked libraries around with my distribution? Should these include libc/glibc in my own distribution set?

Anything else?

Is this a worthwhile endeavor? Have people tried this before? Obviously it appears to be a key point for XAMPP (per above) and I suspect many more software sets. It sure would be nice for my project to have one binary for many systems--it really cuts down on my build-control logistics.

I'm just getting started in this investigation. I may be posting to several different Linux communities (newsgroups, email lists, forums, etc). I started with the Debian community because I have a build environment on RHEL, and am porting to Debian.

 Thanks for any help.

-Matt

ps: I am very familiar and have over a decade of experience with managing software projects that make portable code across 8 different unix variants, VMS, and several Windows flavors. Therefore, I'd like this discussion to focus primarily on how to make the *binaries* portable and not the _code_ portable. Thanks.



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