If you like Fedora, you don't have to have all that. The full DVD and the net-install CD enable you to do a custom installation, choosing only what you want
Also, a lot of daemons are started because someone will need them and panic if they aren't there. My configuration tool lists over 60, of which I've disabled all but 14. Similarly, I've removed half the start-up programs.
You can also do a custom install with CentOS, which is more long-lasting that Fedora.