A few people have expressed interest in setting up Linux as a development environment. There are a few ways that it can be done.
If you're interested, here are three methods and what you need to bring to a meetup. I won't explain the details on how to do it, because there are many tutorials that can be found with a Google search.
Method 1: Install Linux in a Virtualbox
You can run Linux inside of Windows by using Virtualbox.