So you mean I need to create the distribution from scratch?
I think you must be joking… “from scratch” to me means that you pull
flour, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, water, oil, and chocolate and end up
with a cake. You’re not starting with zeroes and ones, or even just a
text editor and trying to recreate an entire operating system
distribution. In the worst case, you’re starting with gigabytes of free
code that is tested, compiled, and basically ready to go, and changing
every single package so that it no longer has trademarks or branding. If
that’s “from scratch”, then yeah, probably, and it’s a pretty good deal
all things considered.
It may be useful to know that there are entire businesses behind doing
this kind of thing, and they do it to make money. Doing it on your own is
certainly possible, but it may be interesting to know what you consider
the value added is by doing so rather than just taking the openSUSE code
as it and changing out splash screens to be your own.
At the end of the day you’re going to sell this on its own or as part of
something else and make money, right? If so, this process should be
adding value to offset the cost of the change. If not, though, this
process should have enough value to you personally to offset the cost in
time and effort. If it doesn’t, but you still want a completely
brand-less OS, then your “scratch” is that you need to start from code
outside of distributions and pull it all together to make something
happen, but you will be, individually, doing what entire companies are
already doing to give it your own brand (or lack of brand) and that cost,
to you at least, must be justified. Gentoo Linux may be for you, though
even that has branding.