There are 2 main ways to get started.
The easiest as a Java developer is to start with Jube; since you've probably already got Java and Maven installed so you're almost ready to go:
The ideal linux based platform for running Fabric8 is OpenShift V3:
If you are not running a modern Linux we recommend you start with OpenShift on docker:
If you want to test a multi-minion system then we recommend you try vagrant:
Or you could try install OpenShift directly on your laptop. Note that this currently only works on Linux (but hopefully will be fixed soon!):
Once you have OpenShift running from one of the above methods you can now try to deploy an application: