In this post Hampton Paulk has a tutorial for getting up and running with Homestead.
There are many ways to setup a local PHP development environment available to us. Traditionally there are some very common issues with each of them preventing a good generic base to teach from. Some methods are cross platform methods where others are not, some are simple to install but limited in scope, others are too difficult to grasp when you are just getting started, and you can have many issues when it is time to deploy your projects to a production environment. Laravel’s Homestead is poised to make this a thing of the past.
Apparently it’s Homestead day in the dev world. :)