If you can live with 1 ethernet port, we strongly suggest getting a SheevaPlug instead. It's much more stable, runs cooler, and is much more supported by everyone. Also, you'd save on buying the JTAG box (it's built-in on the SheevaPlug).
Wi-Fi should work in client mode - access-point mode has not been tested at all.
Linux computer with a TFTP server up and running
Serial cable (Nokia CA-42) or preferably, the GuruPlug JTAG box
The GuruPlug's U-Boot bootloader does not support booting from USB. Therefore, before you can run Arch Linux ARM install Linux, you'll need to update the bootloader.
You will need a computer with a TFTP server turned on on the same network as your GuruPlug.
Download a better U-Boot (with USB booting and ext filesystem booting enabled from Slackware) to your Linux box, NOT to your GuruPlug:
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wget http://Arch Linux ARM.com/os/guruplug/guruplug-u-boot.bin
chmod 777 guruplug-u-boot.bin
Run the following after stopping the automatic U-Boot boot loading process (replacing the serverip to your Linux TFTP server and ipaddr to the GuruPlug's requested IP address):
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Marvell>> setenv ipaddr 192.168.1.123
Marvell>> setenv serverip 192.168.1.106
Marvell>> tftpboot 0x0800000 guruplug-u-boot.bin
Marvell>> nand erase 0x0 0xa0000
Marvell>> nand write 0x0800000 0x0 0xa0000
You'll need to make sure you bootcmd contains a "usb start", that it ext2load's /boot/uImage from usb 0:1, and that there's a root=/dev/sda1 kernel parameter. You might want to add a rootdelay=5 in there too. As mentioned above, we have no idea what the variables of the Slackware U-Boot are or which ones work. Please update with more information.
My 2 cents:
1) If you aren't already using a u-boot which supports booting from USB devices and has ext2 support, the one located here is a good option:
The page has instructions on replacing the stock bootloader too.
2) My plug started resetting itself as soon as it attempts to start the kernel. This happened on a few occasions, with a few different uboots, kernels and boot methods. The thing which seems to fix it for me is to leave the plug disconnected from the power socket for 10-20 minutes. When powered back on, it worked flawlessly. Maybe it's just my brick, but worthy a try if you have the same problem.