Even before the RPi was delivered I was getting ready for it! I downloaded the image for Wheezy which is an optimized version of Debian built for the Raspberry Pi. This comes down as a disk image so I needed to find a way to get it onto an SD card since that is what the RPi boots and runs from. I struggled a little trying to get this done on my iMac, which is my primary workstation, but decided to use Win32 Disk Manager on my Windows Laptop.
More importantly I decided to build a Python development environment on Linux running on my laptop as I could get started with some of the software that I will need ahead of having an RPi. I decided on Ubuntu as it is based on Debian and I figured would be close enough.
The install process was simple, as easy as doing a Windows install, and the end result was pretty impressive. Being your typical ex-corporate IT executive I had never really considered Linux but I can now see the allure. For the grand cost of nothing I had an operating system, a development environment (choice of many), productivity software, and access to a nice little store to get more free stuff.
It also came loaded with Python so I could get started with learning both it, and more about Linux, as this is all part of me going back to my roots.