Re: Stay with Windows or move to Ubuntu?
I'll say it up front -- NOT a big fan of Wine. When it works well, which is rarely, you CAN use Windows apps; but more realistically, it works poorly or not at all --especially on recent Windows apps like Office 2013 and IE v10+.
Use a test machine to try out alternatives to Windows apps, but running natively in Linux.
Then, if you reach a point that you're comfortable using the Linux apps instead of the Windows apps -- that would be the time to decide whether or not to completely switch over to Linux.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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