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In order to use the new kernel you will need to configure and build it.
Just copy your old .config over to the new (2.4.23) source tree and do a make oldconfig. This will parse the old configuration file and ask you several questions about options that are available in 2.4.23 but weren't in 2.4.22.
After you're done you can do a make menuconfig or make xconfig to make sure the settings are OK before you build and install it.
After I make oldconfig and menuconfig, can I make dep on the computer whose kernel I am updating then make bzImage on a faster computer, move bzImage back to arch/i386/boot on the other computer and then make modules and modules_install on the slow one? It takes hours to make bzImage on my Toshiba 420CDT (100Mhz Pentium) and I have to spend a day compiling everything if I mess up. I assumed I couldn't make modules on the faster pc (or could I somehow make them on fast pc and place them in a different directory tar them and then move them over to the slow pc then untar in a modules directory? - or are modules generally spread all over the place?)