Well, after working on my enterprise class server, I finally decided to convert my main PC from Windows 7 to Linux Mint 16 KDE. Of course I had to install Virtualbox to run Windows XP, since my college classes require I do my work in Microsoft Office and I'm not aquainted enough with Wine to try that yet. Anyway, I freaking love it!! If I had RAID enabled on a couple of decent matching drives, this thing would probably well outperform the actual server.
So, does anyone else here use MInt 16 KDE? I've not really looked through the threads here yet, but if anyone could point me in the right direction for information regarding the installation of Windows based programs in Wine I'd greatly appreciate it. Not that I have a lot of shit to run like that, but I have heard that some programs run better that way than through a virtual appliance.
Honestly, WINE is a neat idea, but with modern machines, I'd rather just run a Windows VM and use Unity mode (or whatever Virtualbox calls it) than fiddlefuck with WINE.
WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X is a good place to start though, if you're still wanting to take the plunge, and there are quite a few decent graphical installers that make it more straightforward as well. We've actually used Crossover Office here for a few engineers running Linux, and that works too. It's just a commercial version of WINE that's supported.
Run Windows on Mac and Linux, easily and affordably
Nowadays we just use a Citrix client though, and it's a lot easier to deal with, in terms of management. Too bad there's nothing really like that for the home user, that I know of.