I didnt understand everything you say, its a litel bit to high for me....I have just start with linux, but I will not get any testing party into my linux....for the start I think stable must be OK.
I read some other help files on the net, and I think the best way is to get the 2.4.22 and try to compile it by myself
its also time to learn this =)
but thy for the answer anyway!!