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Spot on Mark:
Quickbooks is the one app that is a show stopper for my wife's business. I've looked into several alternative apps, but they are over the top IMO, usually requiring apache and several other services.
I really wish someone could build a good FOSS quickbooks like app--I'd be happy to keep them in beer money for tax table support :)
It is my understanding that the Codeweaver's folks eat their own dog food and that they use Quickbooks internally. However, like anything involving money, they're not likely to certify it to be a Gold supported application (even though they depend upon it daily).
I still need to run IE to access a maintenance management page. I'm guessing the backend database is something that only reacts to IE. Whatever it is, the browser spoofing in Firefox is not sufficient to fool it.
My other requirement is to run Procomm Plus to access some remote telemetry devices. I tried for a long time to get the cursor arrow keys to function (required to access submenus on the system) without any luck. Procomm works out of the box.
The only MS applications I need (want) to run on my Linux box are games. For that matter, there is only one game not available for Linux that I want to run, Civilization III. And it works fine in WineX/Cedega.
Virtually all my other computer-using needs are satisfied with existing Linux-native programs.
I agree with this as well... Was running Linux (finally) full time, thinking wine would cover my games. It did a few, and I mean FEW. I don't want all of them covered. Just enough to keep me busy. :)
Also, I DJ at an online radio station. Is there a streaming audio app in Linux that can shoutcast?
I use Streamtuner to browse streaming sites, and XMMS to play them.
I subscribe to rhapsody and I have a machine that runs win 2000 thats hooked up to my stereo just to play music.