I used RedHat 7.2 just before I started using Debian. There were three things about RedHat I liked that Debian didn't have by default:
Now, I could have gotten all of those by compiling them myself, and I'm no stranger to doing that. But I knew the 2.4 kernel was in the available Debian packages, and I wanted to find out how to do it that way. (Imagine being in a state where installing a precompiled package is harder for you than compiling yourself. Happens to me all the time.
So yesterday I finally figured out how to do it. To upgrade the kernel:
That got me a working 2.4 kernel.
To turn on ext3fs:
Looks like it all works for me. Now to figure out grub. And to try this on my blueberry ibook. (I tried to compile my own 2.4 kernel for this in January and it ate my filesystem. I was frantically trying to fsck and recover while watching figure skating. I failed.)