Re: Wine has no kick
My own personal view of Wine is -- it's a desperate attempt to retain usage of MS Windows stuff without actually running the OS.
I spent 6 months struggling with Wine to get various apps working and eventually, gave up.
I need MS Office apps to support work I brought home and the features that didn't work made using it in Wine an exercise in frustration.
PLUS ... MS has seriously modified its middleware over the years to institute reliance on components that simply won't work with Wine. IF you're OK using something really OLD (like Office 2007), then you might be able to get by, but if you want anything current (like Office 2013, or IE 10), forget it -- Wine just won't work with those.
My advice is to double-boot, that way, you can continue to use both MS Windows apps and Linux distros.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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