Ov I followed the directions on http://docwiki.gumstix.org/Buildroot_on_Windows.  I'm running the VMWare Player with the Fedora Core 6 image.  I did the updates, and I insured all the apps listed were installed using yum.
Then I got the code from SVN as it stated.
Then from the gumstix-buildroot dir I did the following:
make defconfig
make menuconfig
when the menuconfig app ran I simply exitted it and save it.
then I ran make, and it ran for a while :-).
I'm getting an Error 2, the last directory I was in was the .../gumstix-buildroot/toolchain_build_arm_nofpu/binutils-
it says leaving directory '/home/mcaughey/gumstix-buildroot/toolchain_build_arm_nofpu/binutils-'
*** [all] Error 2
Is the current build broken?