Setting up Riak to test out, prototype against, develop and use in a general way is extremely easy. Just setup a devrel on your local development machine. This is however limited to certain *nix based operating systems, so Windows as a dev platform is out – but not completely. Get a virtual machine running on Ubuntu, RHEL or some other Linux instance and you’re ready to go. What I’ve put together here is an example of getting a devrel up and running with an Ubuntu Virtual Machine.