Yeah I can agree with that. There are hundreds of distros out there at any given time; the vast majority of them are the equivalent of space junk. But if more focus were put on some of the top distros, then well, they would be better distros. Many of the errors that you will encounter while using Linux are typically simple things that could have easily been caught if another set of eyes were looking at the distro.
FYI, you dorks in school for computer related stuff. If you volunteer as a maintainer for a major distro, you could view it as a pseudo internship. You can legitimately make it a bullet point on your resume.
Here's another way to contribute:https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Getting_Involved
@Op, if your still interested in really making a distro for whatever reason, I would probably go the LFS route. That seems to be the way to go. http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/
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