Whenever I use Wine to launch a windows application, it seems a pain to actually launch it. Files saved are hidden deep in the hard drive and I can never find them. I come from windows, and the only application that I really really need to ship over is Dreamweaver (NVU doesn't cut it). Wine runs it fine, for like 10 seconds, then it kinda craps out and stalls alot. Are there any recommendations to help make Wine easier to use for me?
Yea it differs for versions. Check the version you are using.
Use winecfg (GUI) to easily fine tune WINE's settings. All of WINE's stuff are in ~/.wine/, that is, /home/<username>/.wine/
Wine is pretty good for simple stuff... It can just about run 100% of Windows 3.1 programs even. Once you get into the 32-bit world, things get tougher though. If I really need to run Windows programs in Linux, I suspect I'll just do so from a copy of Windows running in VMware player or something. MUCH better compatability.
Yes, it's said that Wine does a much better job of running Win3.1 programs than Vista and in some cases better than XP!
But before trying to run something in Wine, check to see whether there is a Linux program that does the same job. In many cases there will be a similar program that is just as good if not better than the Windows equivalent - so use that instead.
why not linux + xen + windows + real application?