Easy? Do you know how helium is produced? The helium we currently have access to is the result of Earth crust radioactive elements disintegration.
How do you think you gonna produce efficiently and in a cost effective manner He in volume? Tell us, I am very interested to start a business to produce it and I will give you half the shares for your effort.
Since I read beyond the first couple sentences, I believe the OP is absolutely right. This has nothing to do with splitting Linux in two or many other forks as you wish.
It is the job of the distro to configure properly a kernel and everything else to fit the intent usage. You can compile your kernel and tweak it to be more appropriated for a server than a desktop and vice-versa. For those distros the customer expect everything to be done for him, this is up to the distro to provide the appropriate "customization". When I build my kernels, I pick the appropriate options for the intent use and tweak it up to the point I wish it to be. I install the packages I need for the exact usage I want and I customize them for the intent use. Yes, I am among those silly guys installing Gentoo. However, if I had to go with another distro, I would expect them to do this for me. That's why I would pay for a distro on a server, for example. But, since I am fluent enough with the kernel and everything else, I don't need this. But everyone must know you don't need to split anything to get what you want.
In short, this suggestion just let me think this guy doesn't know enough about Linux.