So the next phase of this big non-toaster project pretty much calls for EAGLE v7, on account of hierarchical designs.
I'd already observed that v7 doesn't play nice with the older version of Debian on my desktop, what with the libraries being out of date; I need to force use of some futuristic library to make it run at all, and then trying to use the print dialog kills it, but otherwise it seems pretty much OK.
My laptop, now, is already updated to the current Debian-stable (Wheezy, or Debian 8). And EAGLE 7 runs on it. Well... apart from the fiddly detail that (presumably because of some library API instability) the text lengths seem to be calculated wrong, or perhaps not at all, so that xref-style labels enclose about half the last (or first) letter of the label, vertical text seems to be variously not displayed at all or displayed in bottom-to-top order, and other wonkiness.
Either my Google-Fu is weak this evening, or nobody else has had this problem...?
...Do I need to fire up ldd and see what it's using? Would that even work? Should I try something silly like spinning up an Ubuntu VM? This is most vexing.
Oh, and it seems Cadsoft has been acquired by Autodesk or some such thing. They seem to have ambitious plans, some of which sound potentially useful.