I've tried two different SD cards and one SDHC card. All three give shed loads of -110 errors while starting up; I saw -84 errors from the second SD card too.
Can anyone recommend an SD or SDHC card that doesn't give these errors?
Last night I ran Debian with the GUI (runlevel 5). It's dog slow. (I normally use ARM processors, with RISC OS, so I'm not comparing with x86.) Is it possible that the RPi is being slowed down by these errors while accessing swap?