Instead of following the installation instructions, I just made a single ext3 partition, with a /boot directory containing the usual files needed for Qi to boot.
The time and date are off. I opened a terminal and did "dpkg-reconfigure tzdata". Then set the UTC time with "date -u -s".
Instructions for http://trac.hackable1.org/trac/wiki/tips worked, except that the USA T-Mobile provider is set up to use wap instead of real internet. So I edited the provider file to say internet2.voicestream.com instead of wap.