My best friend Felix and me are going to the summer camp of Jungdemokraten/Junge Linke (which has lots of international guests -- english: , deutsch: ). There we will be in charge of two working groups: "Wirtschaftsdemokratie" (Economic Democracy) and "Für Muslime im Staatsdienst!" (For Muslims in Civil Service!). A description of those working groups is here: 
The second working group is mostly about the headscarf issue. (Thanks for the links, Alex, btw. I can make use of them.) Even in our own organisation a vociferous minority is in favour of the anti-headscarf laws, because they think this were about protecting secularity. Well, we *will* discuss this in this working group. Felix and me formulated the invitation in, well, a provocative enough manner that those people are likely to join our group for discussion.
It is much smaller than Cygwin, yet---with the exeption of ispell/aspell and dict---most of the tools that I need. To compile Emacs from CVS, I just fire up the MSYS shell, cd into the emacs/nt directory. Then I type "run configure.bat", wait until the script is finished and type "make bootstrap".
For autotools and ssh/cvs, you can additionally install msysDTK.
(Well, no, I won't have the time to install a decent GNU/Linux on my notebook. Not for quite a while, as much as I hate it. The reason being that my particular hardware is rather --- difficult. Next time I buy a notebook, it will be one with GNU/Linux preinstalled ...)