Many thanks for all the tips and help I've been lapping up from the forum so far. As you guessed i'm new on here and fairly new to Arduino.
I'm currently using the original UNO board for development work on a few mini projects to date but I've reached the stage where I don't want to sacrifice my board to a more permenant installation.
I know there is a great deal of stuff written in this post http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoISP
on using the UNO as a bootloader for subsequent chip... some contrasting findings / advice so I've come to the conclusion to try it and see what happens.
What i'm wanting is a little clarity on my general approach. The installation I'm currently working on has no need for serial comms so I was planning on taking the chip out of my UNO board, putting in the new one, uploading the sketch then swapping the chip out to the standalone. Will this work or am I missing the mark.
If this is OK, I see I have 2 options. 1) buy a chip with the bootloader allready on. 2) put the bootloader on myself (using the above link for guidance).
What are the issues for compatability between different bootloaders, eg Duemilanove vs UNO vs Diecimila. Will bootloaders from the other systems work in the UNO board?
Many thanks in advance for the help.