I won a Raspberry Pi for getting 3rd place in the Open 7400 Logic Competition, of which HubCityLabs donated the Raspberry Pi. My initial project idea for it was to set up a wall mounted weather station. For the time being I thought I'd mess around with it and get somehwhat familiar on what I'm dealing with.
I downloaded the Rasbian image and wrote it to an SD card. It's recommended that the SD card is a minimum of class 4.
Everything is supported 'out of the box' with Rasbian so there's no fiddling around. After purchasing a HDMI cable and connecting it to the Pi, it still output video via the RCA jack instead. I opened up
/boot/config.txt and set hdmi_safe=1 and voila, HDMI worked!