This tutorial starts with programming the Ravens and Jackdaw with a Windows box. Can I do those initial steps with a Linux or OS X machine instead? If so, how? Is there any risk of bricking the hardware if I just try?
I have a USB JTAG ICE MKii clone, which is supposed to work for this.
I'm totally new to AVR, but very experienced with C/C++ programming on Linux or OS X, up to and including kernel programming.