For those who still need native windows apps, and we're not talking Wine compatible apps - Vmware workstation is "easy enough" to use. There are plenty of free alternatives, however myself and my group still work and develop much with Vmware. Therefore it's quite easy for me to work and deploy in and out of vSphere driven clusters.
First and foremost:
Downloading Vmware generally requires a license key - so that's a bummer for those who don't want to kick in some cash.
For those that have an account: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/home
Based on this, I downloaded an executable instlaler: VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.1-894247.x86_64
However before we install we will need Linux Kernel Headers.
"sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)"
After that, you should be able to install vmware with "./VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.1-894247.x86_64"
After 5 or so years of running MAC OSX for my desktop, I've decided to go back to Linux.
Don't get me wrong, Apple has done a great job with making the user experience as seamless as possible. Even from a development standpoint, using xCode or Darwinports + eclipse IDE's are very easy to use. HOWEVER.
There are times that I need the flexibility - not to mention the bang for the buck you receive when purchasing non Apple products. Now, you loose out on that "tight user experience". At this point, it's an adventure I need to take.
My choice of laptop for this refresh cycle:
Lenovo Carbon X1.
8GB of memory, solid state drive, Corei7 quad core processors. Loosing the nVidia video card in exchange for Intel *bridge HD4000 video. Good enough for the majority of the work I'll be doing.
First things first:
Install base of Ubuntu 12.10 x64. I'm not here to debate builds - don't care. I want a decently supported desktop build, I'll see "how bad" unity is. Considering that corporate apps are predominately windows based, I'll still be relying on Vmware Workstation w/ unity for some of the crustier apps.
For those who care and are following suit, I plan on posting updates on "things needed" for this build.