Ive been looking at this tutorial in the arduino playground and i have a few questions which i hope you could help me with http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Standalone
1) if i burn the bootloader to the atmega8 as shown here http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Learning/Burn168 , i will be using the avr studio only for burning the bootloader? cant i use the same interface to upload my arduino code to it? 2) Does it arduino code uploading take place with the serial communication? Which means i need an RS232 - TTL converter to get a serial connection to upload code to the atmega8?Cant i use the programmer to upload code? or does the programmer only burn bootloaders? 3) I was able to find a RS232-TTL converter which means i can setup a serial communication with the atmega8 using a serial port so i can get serial data from the atmega8 . but unfortunately there is only one serial port in each computer.. So i think USB is the way...From this link http://www.nskelectronics.com/usb__rs232ttlrs485_brds.html .. the first product is a USB-UART converter is this basically a USB to Serial converter? So should i buy this USB-UART converter and the RS232-Serial converter to communicate with the atmega8 over USB ( but obv a serial connection ) ?will the USB-UART and the RS232-Serial connected together give what i want? Or should i just buy a USB to Serial converter cable?Im looking for a cost effective solution as i will need multiple atmega8 to communicate over serial...i know there are USB-TTL converters available but im not able to find one at stores nearby..hence the question.. 4) Do these USB communication converters have good linux support? Thanks a lot..