Wine and Cedega
Some unordered rants about Linux and Windows software.
Don't believe the hype
Wine is at version 1.0. Despite the fact, that there are long lists of programs, which are apparently running more or less stable on Wine, most of them (especially the "important" ones) simply don't.
Same goes for Crossover Office. Although they claim, that their most recent version is able to run Counter Strike Source and WoW, my test showed something different. CX 6beta was buggy and showed severe display errors (see left) or had sound problems, making it even less usable than Cedega.
I did this until I had finished Half Life 2, and it did work mostly (if you can overlook some pretty anoying graphics glitches), it gave me only one reproducible crash.
Performance was approximately 3/4 of what you would expect under Windows from the same system. Installation was extremely easy though (insert CD, install, done) but the fact, that roughly every 3 weeks another bug creeps in (ok, from the STEAM side, but nevertheless), which rendered the Cedega-installation useless and required an update made this even worse.
Although Transgaming is a small shop, I would have expected a better product and better support (filing bug-reports was useless most of the time, as there was no decent answer (just stupid replies with links to the FAQ and knowledge-base)).The bottomline: If you need Windows-programs, either run VMWare or Windows.