I sent you a PM but I'll ad a little more here.
The new version of Ubuntu (Precise Pengolin) is supposed to have much better "Windows-like" support. Also Server 2008 R2's Hypervisor functionality isn't bad. If all else fails you can always run VMware's workstation or VMware Player (free) inside a windows machine to get your Linux fix.
Also there is cygwin (http://www.cygwin.com/
) that a lot of guys use from windows to get a linux CLI.
Also Windows Server-8 is still in Beta/Consumer Preview (and currently free) is awesome. The Hypervisor in Server-8 is awesome.