I did remove the date check. Will give a warning on boot up and inform you which file to amend if you wish; can ignore it though.
EM Mode is not too hot on this machine. With only 256KB of flash which is reserved for UBoot all you have is a couple of files that have to be on the drive: Uimage and initrd. If these are not available, then the unit defaults to trying tftp boot.
PS: I will upload my Debian build soon (next week). This is a full blown Freelink to replace the current file system and everything is working just fine. Testing it as much as possible and this is why it has been a very long time coming.
As viewed from the serial console once the kernel has booted:-
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_jmZZ2!!~---~!!X##wa DD DD EE BB BB II AA AA NNN NN
.<wdP~~ -!YZL, DD DD EEEEE BBBBB II AAAAAA NNNN NN
.mX2' _%aaa__ XZ[. DD DD EE BB BB II AA AA NN NNNN
oZ[ _jdXY!~?S#wa ]Xb; DDDD EEEEEE BBBBB IIIIII AA AA NN NN
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.2Z` ]X[. xY| ]oZ( Linux Version 126.96.36.199-arm1
.2#; )3k; _s!~ jXf` Compiled #75 Sun Jun 11 14:33:24 JST 2006
1Z> -]Xb/ ~ __#2( One ARM ARM926EJ-Sid(wb) rev 0 (v5l) Processor, 128M RAM
-Zo; +!4ZwaaaauZZXY' 266.24 Bogomips Total
*#[, ~-?!!!!!!-~ LS-GL7D6
Updating the linuxlogo... linuxlogo.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 LS-GL7D6 ttyS0