I’ve recently gotten into hobby projects using the AVR line of microcontrolers made by Atmel. I had dealt in the past with the BS2 (Basic Stamp 2) microcontroller but finally decided to make the switch due to the extremely slow clock speed.
I don’t use windows.
I use Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” which you should know, is a fairly poplar Linux distribution. I have been staying away from Atmel’s AVR Studio software because it cannot be run on Linux. So, here are some of my experiences getting into AVR microcontrollers in a linux environment.