[quote author=Coding Badly link=topic=130952.msg984874#msg984874 date=1352189238]
How many do you need? DigiKey has more than 10,000 ATmega8U2 processors ready to ship. Seems "easily available" to me.
I'm in India. Not going to pay $40 for shipping for 1 ATmega8u2 :)
westfw's comment proves it. In local shops, we get Attiny and generic Atmegas(that too in few select shops). Very hard to find 8u2 or FTDI cables. I couldn't even find an Arduino in Delhi to replace my dead one(which I bought from another city)! They only had clones. Neither do we have option of buying electronics online (unless we're ready to pay double). :disappointed_relieved:
Thanks for the links Coding Badly and westfw. Seems the project which westfw provided used V-USB based AVR-CDC code in Coding Badly's link to implement USB to serial... If I can't find a fairly priced FTDI cable, I'll give that a try for some homebrew arduino.