Do you have Windows on the machine? If you modem works under that you can download it to your C: and mount that under Linux. Assuming your C drive was the first partition on your first harddisk you would do a
mount /dev/hda1 /someDir
Assumeing that your kernel has vfat support (almost definate) you will be able to get to your files under the /someDir directory (create this before issuing the mount command!).
Download the .bz2 file if I were you - its more compressed hence is smaller. You realise that you will need to compile this kernel yeah? You might also need to change some of your tools, like the modules-utils inorder to build 2.4. I needed to on Slackware 7.1. If your not sure how to do this look at http://www.linuxdocs.org
for the Kernel-HOWTO. The modules utils can be downloaded form somewhere like http://linux.tucows.com
. Your other option would be to look for the RPMs on Redhat site, I can't offer any advice on this path as I'm not a RH user.
As for whats with the huge file - thats Linux! All the rest are products developed by third parties, so a Linux system is really the Linux kernel and lots of other free software (lots of the system stuff is from the GNU project (http://www.gnu.org
)) all working to give you a fully fledged OS
Hope that helped...
[Edited by jharris on 05-20-2001 at 05:24 PM]