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Is it possible to download load distribution of linux, even the old distributions have kernel 2.6.x.x but I need a distribution with 2.4 kernel.

Is it possible to recompile the 2.4 kernel on a distribution with 2.6 kernel?

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Why exactly would you want to do this? – Billy ONeal Oct 23 '10 at 2:46
@Billy: I have to have a 2.4 kernel to play my copy of Myth II: Soulblighter for Linux, of course! What are you, some kind of philistine? – dmckee Oct 23 '10 at 2:48
Actually i needed to do a bufferoverflow demonstration in class...and i i cant back off...i thought i would find the distro on the net...but its been 2 luck yet – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 2:54

If all you want is to demonstrate a buffer overflow, try using Damn Vulnerable Linux

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At, they have specs on old versions and links to downloads. For example, on the page about Red Hat distributions, you can see that RHEL 3.9 was the last to include a 2.4 kernel. Only source RPMs (SRPM) are available for download, but you can follow the ISO link for RH 9 to download ISO files.

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Or you could just use one of its derivatives. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 23 '10 at 19:46
True. In fact you don't even need to use Red Hat. I chose Red Hat as an example to walk through what distrowatch provides. – Doug Harris Oct 23 '10 at 21:51

RHEL 3 and its derivatives use a 2.4 kernel, but there isn't much life left in them.

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can i recompile the kernel with 2.4?? – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 2:48
You can recompile anything you like any way you like. But don't expect a modern distribution to work with 2.4. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 23 '10 at 2:53

Have you tried looking on the websites of the big distributions that were around during the 2.4 era. I'd try Debian, RedHat, Slackware, or SUSE.

Here is a link to the Debian archive. I believe that Woody (3.0) was a 2.4 based distribution, and there are much older versions than that if you really want.

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i tried slackware....but kernel version was 2.6 – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 2:25
@Vinod: You'll have to dig for an old version. The leading edge has been 2.6 for years now, so that's a ways back. I know Debian keeps pointers to prehistoric versions on their site. – dmckee Oct 23 '10 at 2:28
i will check .. – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 2:35
recompiling is it possible with 2.4? – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 2:48
@dmckee i looked through those do i download the woody distru?? – Vinod K Oct 23 '10 at 3:00

IIRC Fedora Core 1 (Yarrow) should fit the bill

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OpenWRT still ships 2.4 kernels for the Linksys WRT54g.

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