I'm a new beekeeper that has been lurking and absorbing all of the relevant info I can. I decided to start two hives (one Italians, one Carniolans) with medium supers and nine frames (shaved them down to fit in the 8 frame super per M. Bush's recommendations).
I also decided to go foundationless. I had a little trepidation as it seemed unusual dumping the packages into an empty box with just frames. However I went for it - including releasing the queens directly (no candy plug option on the supplied cages - so the decision was easy). I opened the end of the queen cage, put my finger over the opening and set it on the bottom of the hive, released and then replaced the frames above.
I don't believe the queens have flown away (I did retrieve the cages three days later). After two weeks the frames are largely filled with comb, honey, pollen, and I believe brood (I haven't pulled out every frame for inspection).
When I was considering all this, I was eager for any information about starting packages foundationless and didn't find too much. So if anyone else is considering doing the same - so far it's worked well for me.
Bill in Rockford, MI