How to create a distro

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I was wondering, how one would go about creating a Linux distro. There only seems to be LFS, which is a bit overkill for the amount of customisation I would like. I know there are several "respin" applications, but these only seem to allow you to add extra applications to be installed, they don't seem to allow you to modify repositories, configs, and etc etc. What I'm looking for is knowledge on how to take an existing distro, and modify it significantly. Ideally, by modifying Fedora or Mint, although I might need to use an older kernel. (HowTos)