hardware detection - why are some distros better than others?
Just to begin a discussion, although it might just have an answer and no discussion behind it at all, why do some distros have better hardware detection and support than others?
If Linux is open source software, if a lot of the device support is build into the Linux kernel, if distros are using a lot of the same tools/programs (kernel2.6.x; X.Org; other parts) to build their distro... why do some distros have better hardware detection?
A live CD of, say, Knoppix boots fine on my machine and is stated to have "excellent hardware detection," where as Zen, also made from Debian and designed to be a foundation for further building, takes quite a long time to just get to the GUI. Elive, made with Debian, has its issues (it could be the e17 though, but I never get that far). MEPIS has good detection, although I believe that its proprietary. SuSE is claimed by many to install on laptops that no other distro would. Ubuntu occasionally gets the same claim. Distibution reviews will say, "This distro found my XYZ, which distro ABC never could do." Why is this?
Can't this info be shared amongst all distros to come up with something named:
"Realisation Under Binary Applications Toward Ultimate Boot Detection Upon Bootup"?
Then all distros can rely on each other's findings to move Linux yet another step away from being "hard to install"
p.s. thanks to all who DO make a difference in the hardware detection. We wouldn't be here without you!