I have found the the low-cost programmer provided in schematic by Jaakko Hyvätti (which is based on the jdm84v23 by Jens Madsen), though slow, to be acceptable for my needs. I currently have the device working with Picprog on a breadboard, however I would like a much more solid version ;-) I have decided, rather than placing a chip holder on the board, to provide a header with the required control lines.
8 Feb 2006 #electronics
Programming microcontrollers under Linux can be some what of a complicated task. The manufacturers of microcontrollers generally sell tools and provide software to program their devices, but these tools are produced only for one operating system. This operating system is not Linux… To add to the problem further many of the tools that they sell, whilst being reasonably feature rich (allowing for in-circuit debugging and alike), they are also quite pricey.
8 Feb 2006