Thanks everyone for your replies 8+)
As I said I don't really know much about this topic, but from your answers it seems it is not as bad as I imagined.
|There are differences between the distros besides the desktop environment :) For example, there are different distros that are all just command line machines. |
Yes, I was aware of that :) At work we had an AIX server that was always on run level 5, so it is easy to imagine a distribution (especially a proprietary one) without any GUI stuff at all. But I reckon there is a lot which is common - I guess that is what the LSB is all about.
|I suggest getting a book about operating systems if you're really interested. It's a huge topic. |
Yes it is a huge topic, so I made this post to get some general ideas on how it works, and try to find out whether anyone is working towards a common system, rather than read a large book. Cheers for your info though :)
Thanks for your insights & info - cheers!
I probably didn't put in the right search string to see the LSB stuff. Had I put in "One Linux Standard" like I mentioned in my OP, I would have found it straight away ! (face palm)
|¿do you include the DE/WM in the OS?|
I realise that the DE/WM are separate from the OS. I was trying to say that I might have 2 OS Fedora & Ubuntu say - to me they do the same things (run the same apps) but just look different. If the difference is only visual, it should be in the DE/WM and not in the OS, so there is compatibility in being able to execute the app. I guess that is what the LSB is trying to achieve. It seems a shame that various flavours of Linux aren't more compatible at the moment - maybe one day.