OK, for all those people who wishes to play Windoze games on Ubuntu using Wine, install Wine from PPA : ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa by typing sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa. after that, just follows what this site : http://howto.landure.fr/gnu-linux/install-directx-9-0c-on-linux-using-wine tells you to do.
My first glimps of Linux's Desktop Environment was with KDE, 11 years ago on a RedHat Linux Distro. It was awkward, because of expecting something MS Windows '98 like and finds something much more different, something not flexible to user end. Then 2 years afterwards I met Gnome which felt different and gives curious in my eyes, Excited.
January 2011, I saw Unity and I look at something potential, heavy for my netbook but really got the looks, But I run back to Gnome because it's less resources hungry. 3 weeks ago I spot the lighter version of Unity, Unity 2D. Faster and lighter, a bit heavier than Gnome but it's OK. 4 days afterwards I saw Gnome Shell which gives more eyecandy to me (but quite disappointed of how not user friendly it was).
April 29th, I decide to put Unity 2D in Ubuntu 11.04 and stick to it, but it seems to be a lot heavier than before when using Ubuntu 10.10 with Unity 2D. I look everywhere on how to get more performance boost to my dear netbook.
Today (May 15th), I decide to give XFCE a try.
I did Install AWN on Unity 2D before because I don't agree to concept of looking over all software for the right one by scrolling far away or typing it's name. I found the old Gnome Menu would be better and a lot faster compare to what Unity had done to us Ubuntu user (lessen the energy we use to pick the right software in need by category). Why I don't use Docky or any other dock is because AWN is lighter and have lots of applet that eats less resources than other dock has.
After I install XFCE using Synaptic Package Manager, I pick the blank panel, not the standard panel and I use AWN as the main window manager while using the blank panel of XFCE as taskbar. Here is the result:
The AWN panel is on the left side and on the lower right side of the screen. The one sits on the bottom is the XFCE panel which serve as taskbar. The AWN is in auto dodge mode so it hides when a window place over it. The XFCE panel is using the standard hide methode.
Ubuntu with XFCE running GoldWave using Wine:
Oh, almost forget, I did try LXDE, but I found some problem that I didn't find any workaround such as the missing nm-applet, why AWN was unable to run there and less customizable Desktop Environment compare to XFCE. I know some people said that LXDE is lighter than XFCE, and I do intent to look at it in later times. Right now, I'm just happy using XFCE.
Finally (June 3rd) I landed on the land of Openbox where everything is customizable according to your needs and wants and it'll be lighter compare to Unity, Unity 2D, Gnome, Gnome 3 (in comparison to "great desktop looks vs performance")
The thing that's has been bugging my wife after I installed Ubuntu 10.10 was that it really is not easy learning to use Libre Office after a long time using Microsoft Office 2007. I too had a really hard time adapting my self using The Gimp and Inkscape.
But, I had just found out that I could run Microsoft Windows based software using "WINE" (Microsoft Windows Emulator).
Just open the "Ubuntu Software Center" and search for wine and install all those package that has been checked (look at picture below).
Oh, almost forget, install "Gmount-iso" too.
After that, copy any installer to linux partition and change any installer file's (*.exe; *.msi) permission to access and execution permissions (see below)
(OK, my examples are bad, Star_Sword.exe is not a good example)
Most Microsoft Windows Software installer have the "group access" and "other access" set to "none", change it to "Read and Write", check the box check list on the "Allow executing file as program"
If, you had your software in a CD\DVD and you have a CD\DVD Drive, just execute the installer by double-clicking it.
For those netbook user who made CD\DVD image files (most netbook has no CD drive) use Gmount-iso to mount the image files as virtually CD\DVD.
Put the *.iso file at "Image File (.ISO)", create a folder (any folder) to be a mount point and put it in the "Mount Point", and then click the "Mount" button. To access it, use your file manager, look for the virtually mounted image and double click the installer (*.exe;*.msi).
To unmount it, just go to Gmount-iso and click the unmount button.
Microsoft Office 2007 :
Games that runs under WINE that I tried was Starcraft, But it really was a pain in the butt (slow as hell).
What ever you try to emulate through WINE, just remember that it will be 10 times slower from the original (when using Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7). I don't endorsed anyone to do this because itmay break your system (I did once, 10 years ago using WINE on RedHat Linux emulating "Dune 2000"). I did this only to software that is not eating too much resource and the one my wife and I need.