Russell, thanks so much for doing so much, so well, for so many!
I haven"t *nixed seriously for over 20 years, so I"m havin" a BALL! To give you an idea, my last install "distro" was for SCO unix, using 35 1.2M floppies! Ah, the bad "ol days... So it"s been a _very_ pleasant surprise to see how far everything"s come, and a _very_ steep learning curve, as you can imagine! So your handy RPi-in-a-can has been very much appreciated at every level! I"m even seeding the torrent myself, though the demand has been zero so far (I suspect I"m a long way, route-wise, from the rest of the world...).
I do have a couple of noob-ish questions, I hope you don"t mind me asking here... If you or anyone else with the bandwidth could point me in the right direction, it would be very much appreciated.
I"ve tried both VirtualBox and qemu 0.15.something, and VB runs absolute rings around qemu, which appears to be quite wrong, judging from your -and others" - comments.
FYI, I"m running on W7 x64 Ultimate on a Core i5 3GHz system with *plenty* (16G) of RAM, and otherwise it"s a fairly solid setup (dedicated swap and temp drives, for example, on their own spindles, etc).
I"ve tried all the obvious settings in qemu (different screen modes, different CPU types, more or less RAM, the usual suspects), but it still takes qemu 4-5 minutes to boot to a login prompt!
Do you know/think if this is normal for qemu under W7, and everyone"s just used to it being a bit sluggish on windoze, or does this sound unusually "sub-optimal"?
(I should note that I"ve installed the straight Debian distro on qemu, VB, and MS VPC2007 on this same system, and VB and PC2007 are almost identical in speed, while qemu plods along even installing in text mode!)...
Secondly, if I wish to have a go at installing all the gummixes (Scratchbox, etc) on a cleanly installed Debian distro, as per your extremely clear and detaile blog post, (translated for the Debian command-line tools of course!), is there anything you can think of that would stop me? (apart from my own personal limitations!)
Sorry if this is too open-ended and/or weird, I didn"t know where else to ask such questions without risking a great deal of derision...
In any case, thank you so much for the time and effort you"ve already put in, I promise you, it"s very much appreciated!