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I was looking around on the web for an introductory kit with a USB-based microcontroller that I could get started on.

However, most of the tools I looked at were Windows-only.

Are there any kits designed for Ubuntu, or at least ones for Linux that work well in Ubuntu?

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Check out arduino.

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One small question... can any of the boards be connected via USB? When I was looking through the wiki, it seemed like they connected through a serial port. – Nathan Osman Dec 7 '10 at 20:42
They are all USB, to my knowledge. Some of the smaller or older ones require a separate USB to serial adapter called an FTDI board. I would recommend starting with the Arduino Uno, which has everything right there on the one board. – Karl Bielefeldt Dec 7 '10 at 23:06
Thanks! Sounds perfect. – Nathan Osman Dec 9 '10 at 2:05
Finally got my Arduino - absolutely love it! – Nathan Osman Jul 8 '11 at 0:14
have you also tried Picaxe? It is small and super low power...and CHEAP too. But I also like the Adruino too!! – Sun Dial May 8 '12 at 20:34

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