I've always appreciated the effort that Stephen Collins put into creating The ACME Guide, which takes you through the steps of setting up a local ColdFusion development environment. This is my walk through of setting up the latest and greatest ACME stack under 64-bit Ubuntu 8.04.
After I got my laptop setup with ubuntu, my desktop started having issues. The main partition quit booting up Windows 2000, so I replaced it with a fresh install of Windows XP. After installing 16 essential security updates, Service Pack 2, 86 MORE security updates, then 2 more security updates, it was time to install Eclipse.
Thanks to the CFEclipse plug-in, more and more ColdFusion developers have been moving to Eclipse as their primary editor and IDE. The one complaint I've heard most often from people familiar with HomeSite, CF Studio and DreamWeaver is that there's no way to search for blocks of code. Thanks to Aptana, that is no longer a problem.