How to build my own version of Linux?

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I don't really know what OS's like "SuSe", "Mandrake", "Debian", etc. are called when it comes to being a "version" of Linux.

I was just wondering if anyone had any help, tips, in-depth explanation, etc. of how to build my own....version. I'm not saying it's an over-night thing, and I don't plan to have it be redistributed anywhere, I just want to make one! I'm intermediate in C++, though I doubt that will help any.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Is it not the job for LFS (Linux From Scratch)?

I have never paid much attention to it but I think there are a few distros specially developed for the users to "build" their own distributions. They appear in the DistroWatch from time to time.

Suggest you to have a look at the DsitroWatch.com because it does have write-ups mentioning different classes of distros.

I believe a Distro become a family of its own after it has developed a good package management system, able to provide technical supports, has a core team of committed developers, has got a robust installer and able to keep pace with the moving development of the kernel system. Suse (German) and Mandrake (France) are sold commercially and they do have a higher level of sophistication commensurate with large organisations.

Debian is noncommercial but has a much wider user-base across the Globe. The standard distributions of Debian are stable, by using older kernels, but lags behind in term of technology and attention to details.
 
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