and now that i *know* that it's actually possible, i'll go back to trying again...
re: devtools: i do have the dec2002 tools installed, but perhaps i'm still missing something. i'll clean up my boot volume (3Gb seems too small, even after relocating the swap files to another volume... yikes...) and make a complete install of the tools. then i'll see.
and so for you it's on to aolserver, now, i guess... good luck!