I'm pretty happy with Linux, but I need to be able to run a few Winwoes programs. Flat out I just can't find replacements for some software I really have need of, and remote controlling another Windows machine from my laptop just doesn't cut it. I've made a few attempts to run Windows software in a Linux environment, but it's been an utter failure so far. vmware on Linux looked promising but I couldn't get it to work. If I can't find a solution I'm going to have to resort to reinstalling Windwoes and run Linux from a thumb drive. I'm turning to the experts on the tree. Who has successfully Windows applications on Linux either on a virtual Windoes machine or as an app through a Windos simulator? What did you use and how well did it work? What's the secret handshake? I really, really don't want to deal with MicroSpy every day making sure it isn't narking me to "enhance my experience" and cleaning all the stuff out that it keeps track of to protect my privacy.