OK, I do not use kernels of the 2.4 family. As far as I remember it is abit
more difficlut than with 2.6. However there is no problem.
Firstly you should configure your kernel. "cd /usr/src/linux..." and
"make menuconfig" if you are in text console or either "make gconfig" or
"make xconfig" if you are in X (AFAIR 2.4 kernels did not have one of these
graphical interfaces). Then you should configure kernel properly due to your
hardware. To be careful is a good advise there.
Oh, it should contain README file, where you can find a common information.
Unfortunately, the first attempt of the kernel building, probably, will fail.
In my own expirience I had been building 2.4 kernel about 4 times before I
could boot it
It is normal.
If you lack of time, it is better to download precompiled RPM package. Although
it is not so flexible and that kernel will not be optimised well, but it is a
fastest way (far more fast than to compile 2.4 kernel at the first time).