This week we had to program our micro controller boards. To get set up for programing I installed all the necessary packages (can be found on week assignment page) and followed these instructions . Here is my setup.
The first couple of times I could not get avr-dude to talk to the board it would throw "initialization failed, rc=-1". For the longest time I could not figure out what was wrong, but then it worked! magically on its own so I figured it must be a bad cable, replaced the cable and everything worked every time. I loaded the hello.echo program to test the python terminal and then played with setting up hardward pwm to blink the onboard LED