Actually, I got this working. I used the UAE from urpmi (I think it came from the contrib repository).
First, I installed Wine so I could run the AmiKit installer and get all the files decompressed. I've got them in ~/amiga/AmiKit.
Because I don't know which files in AmiKit are supposed to be executable and which are not, from within my ~/amiga directory, I permissioned everything as executable:
chmod -R 775 *
For Linux newbies (AmiKit, you should really try this out), you can just right-click on the directory from KDE and change the permissions.
Probably not the best
way to do things, but it worked. I then copied the UAE file from my Amiga Forever cd to my AmiKit directory, and named it .uaerc. Then you need to edit the file and change use_gui=no to use_gui=yes.
If you then fire up uae from this directory, it runs off of this configuration file. You'll need to go in and set up the AK0: AmiKit drive and any other parameters you would set up in WinUAE. I have to say that despite interface differences (Linux UAE uses tabs across the top, WinUAE uses the list on the left), the emulators seem to have exactly the same functionality.
Once that was done, I unpaused the emulator and the AmiKit installer came up.
Once you're done with the install, you can go back to the .uaerc file and change use_gui=no so you can launch AmiKit right away from e-uae.
We just retired my wife's old notebook, so I was thinking of turning that into an Amiga and putting a bunch of educational abandonware on it for my daughter. I'd like to have it boot Linux and go right into AmiKit so that the machine actually becomes a "virtual" Amiga. For that, I need to lighten up AmiKit a bit, as it seems much slower to start up than AIAB or Amiga Forever. I'm afraid of how much slower it's going to be on that box. Do you think it'd speed up if I go back to Workbench rather than using Magellan?
Needless to say, AmiKit is very nice. You should get a commission from Cloanto, as I think you could be driving many of their sales.