From Seymour Cakes on Mon, 29 Mar 1999
I know building a personal distribution is no two or three paragraph thing, but I really want to know how to do it. Won't it be nice if anybody can have a personal distribution of their own.
It is nice that anybody can have their own personal distribution. But what does that MEAN!
If you take Red Hat, add a couple of your favorite packages (RPMs from it's contrib directory, for example and may some crypto RPMs from Replay http://www.replay.com) ... is that a new distribution?
Mandrake is derived from Red Hat. I haven't used it personally but it seems that they've added a significant amount of additional work.
At what point is something sufficient divergent that you would call it a new distribution?
It's a moot question.
There's no "how to do it" because you can't clearly define "it."
What I would call a "new distribution" would take an immense amount of work and expertise (beyond my own).
I would be more than happy if anyone could send some links or pointer or something.
Start with the LDP (http://www.metalab.unc.edu/LDP) After you've read EVERYTHING there you'll have a good idea of "how to do it" (for almost any concievable "it" in the Linux world).