the dev list has had some recent discussion on setup steps.
a quickstart guide for a particular OS would help users avoid some common pitfalls. we should also be able to use this to pull the "getting started" section out of the README per ACCUMULO-1515.
I'd recommend a markdown file in docs/. Then we can publish it ot the website.
I'd say start with 1.5.1-SNAPSHOT and we'll see if we need 1.5 v 1.6 specific versions.