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The GNU/Linux kernel will generally be the same for all distributions except for the release level each distribution will utilize a form of the kernel. Each distribution is versed for a user base that will religiously support their chosen GNU/Linux Distro. I prefer Slackware and my reasons are simplicity and stability. Some feel that Slackware is too difficult but if you can read and have the time to spend then the fruit from your endeavor(s) will be very sweet.
'The LiveCD List' is another good way to select a distribution. You can sample the distribution of choice. 'LiveCD Wiki' is another good site along with resources.
These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
You have now posted quite a few random questions---most of which you could have found with a simple Google search. Also, you don't seem to follow-up in most of the threads you start. You really need to learn to use Google and to follow-up in existing threads where people have tried to help you.
They are different; they take different approaches to what is the best GUI (or none; or several), they take different approaches to lightweight vs heavyweight and they take different approaches to package format, package manipulation applications and repositories. If you look throuigh the detail on distrowatch you'll find that they take different approaches to 'bleeding-edge-ness' vs security/stability.
They also take different approaches to the extent to which they should automate things vs 'explain what's going on, let the user do it; they know their requirements best'.
To summarise; they are different. If you want more detail, you will have to ask a more focussed question, as the question you have asked, like many of your questions, does not admit of a fully detailed answer to all of the things that you might want to know, without infinite effort (& not only do I not want to do this, knowing that only some of the answer will be useful to you, but it would be a strain on LQ bandwidth and the patience of others viewing the thread).