The open and distributed process in which the Linux operating system has
developed fosters rapid growth of the operating system, applications,
and integrated distributions. Yet, there exists a need for
standardization of the Linux filesystem structure. This document aims
to specify standard locations of files and directories in Linux systems.
A standard filesystem structure allows users, developers, and
distributors to obtain system components from various sources that will
work together as smoothly as if they had been developed under a
centralized development process. It also eases system administration,
development of second and third party packages, and the writing of
implementation independent documentation.