Update: Please see my newer Debian on Zipit article for a better installation process.
This is an article about running Linux on the Zipit Z2 instant messaging device. Or rather, it is about running a general-purpose Linux distro, since the device out-of-the-box runs a Linux kernel with proprietary userland software.
Why is this interesting? With a list price of US$50 (and sale prices approaching half that), this device can be an SSH client, DOSbox, NES emulator, video streamer, music player and/or IRC client.
Since the state of documentation seems to be lagging behind the state of development on this device, I'm using this post as an information dump about all the things I found a hassle to figure out (and hope to save others that same hassle).