Quoting "hoefle marco" <email@example.com>:
So with qemu-arm-static there is no need to make a qemu image first? And also you don't have to boot a real linux kernel?
Exactly. Very handy. (There are some funny artefacts in the chroot: uname -r says 2.6.30-1-686, which is correct, because one has a 686 kernel. uname -m says armv5tel, which is also correct, because we are using an arm binary of uname.)