second problem for today: after not being able to get the older buildroot working (see previous message), I decided to explore the newer OpenEmbedded version, but got the following when trying to install:
svn: REPORT request failed on '/svnroot/gumstix/!svn/vcc/default'
svn: Can't find a temporary directory: Error string not specified yet
Judging from googling these error messages this is a server-side problem, but let me know if this could be my fault.
Also: I didn't get a copy of my earlier message (it appeared on nabble though), so if anyone has sugestions I'd appreciate a direct email to skATgluiDOTde.