What makes Ubuntu different from Arch Linux, Debian, Gentoo, Sabayon and much more Linux distributions? If anyone of these distros use the same kernel, what makes them different? The software packages? I am just curious to know what makes a Linux system tick.
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This is a very broad question, its like asking what makes a Chevy different than a Ford. But from my stand point it comes down to ease of use. Just installing Arch Linux can be a pain and very time consuming, but you can have a beautifully customized desktop by doing so. Installing Debian is easy, but IMO a lot of time can be spent in configuration, and getting your hardware to work properly. But once you have Debian configured it is rock solid. I don't have much experience with Gentoo or Sabayon so I can't speak to them. But for me Ubuntu has always been an quick install with very little configuration time, and requires very little maintenance. Your mileage may vary.
But as I said this is a very broad question and the best way to figure out the differences is to experiment with a couple of them for a while.