I ended up installing a WinXP virtual machine on my comp for various reasons. I've noticed that the usb bootloader takes a very, very long time to download code onto my axon from the VM.
For example, under a straight WinXP system, the bootloader takes ~30 seconds to download new programs... on the WinXP VM it takes ~600 seconds (yes 600s, that's not a typo). Any clue as to why this might be?
Host machine is Ubuntu 8.10.