Thanks WhiteHat and Romano, WhiteHat, I ask about the 2.4.23 and on because I am looking at an ftp site that has all the patches for 2.5 through 2.6 and there are literally, dozens of them. I think in the 2.5 folder there is 75 patches.
I think I understand you that you should apply all patches in order that you find them but does that mean when I reach the end of the patch, e.g, 2.4.74 and the next one is 2.5.0 that I have to recompile the kernel because its no
longer just a patch and is now a new kernel?
here is the url of the website I was looking at ftp://ftp.us.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel