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Distribution: Red Hat 8.0, Slackware 8.1, Knoppix 3.7, Lunar 1.3, Sorcerer
I have tried, but I haven't had any luck with my hardware.
First of all, you need to have the i2c and lm_sensors either as kernel modules or built in ( like I did, there are patches available for kernel.org 2.4.22 ) so that the kernel can attempt to recognize your hardware. Once you have the infrastructure in place, the current temp, fan speed etc can be pulled from under the /proc filesystem. Gkrellm would be a good choice to do this job. In my case, the sensor chips weren't supported by the current drivers, YMMV.
There might be newer versions, but the ones I have are
BTW, you don't have to patch your kernel, just compile and install. Once you install lm_sensors you can try, as root, the program sensors-detect that will try to write an autodetected configuration file in /etc/sensors.conf, that you will end up having to tweak a bit. But it works for me. And talks to gkrellm.
It doesn't have patches for 2.4.23 yet. ( I run 2.4.22 ) Download all three and apply. Now you should have an i2c support option on the kernel config main menu. And sensors under character devices, IIRC.