Thank you Vlad-A for being very helpful.
Unfortunately it is not working. I have tried so far to build the kernel from the original Fedora Core 2 distribution sources, linux-2.6.5-1.358 and the linux-2.6.7-rc3 which I downloaded. I have tried your suggestion to change the EXTRAVERSION =-rc3custom. The error is still the same. I have also tried to build with the following make options:
make O=/home/xodiak/build/kernel menuconfig
make O=/home/xodiak/build/kernel modules_install
but after the
if [ -r System.map ]; then /sbin/depmod -ae -F System.map 2.6.7-rc3; fi
it still shows:
make: *** [_modinst_post] Error 143
I do not understand the nature of the error so I cannot try something specific to fix it.
Could it be related to the fact that I only have 128 MB of memory? Fedora needs 256MB as minimum.
The only reference to the problem I cound find on search engines is this, but unfortunately an answer is not offered without a cost.
Thank you again!