Deciding Which Linux Flavor is Best
The Many Flavors of Linux
Even the smallest amount if research into Linux will have illustrated the sheer range of distributions out there. They are all based on the original Linux kernel built by Linus Torvalds (the father of modern Linux) and can all interoperate to varying degrees.
There are three base values that ensure all of the different distros will work together, and what application works for one should work for all.
Firstly there something called the Linux Standard Base.
This is a set of specifications that the major distros adhere to which ensures interoperability between systems. It defines how packages are built and formatted, how file systems should work, and minimum criteria like applications and utilities to be available with the distro. This ensures that all Linux distros work from a common ground which makes sure everything will play nicely together.
There is also the Open Source Project.