graeme_p - 6:05 am on Sep 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Linux is not short of good text editors, so its worth trying a few. The nearest Gnome equivalent of Kate is probably GEdit. Geany is more of a lightweight IDE and is very good. Both Geany and Komodo Edit are based on the same Scintilla editing component as Notepad++, as is KomodoI DE (proprietary and expensive, Komodo Edit is free). All but the Komodo ones are in the default Ubuntu repositories (Komodo have their own you can add). There are a LOT more.
Are ALL windows-based application vulnerable when run on linux via Wine?
Vulnerabilities in the app itself are about equally exploitable under WINE and Windows itself - although I suspect the system will be a lot less vulnerable overall.
I do not see that you need to worry too much about apps that do not connect to the network.
Linux equivalents to Photoshop and Illustrator (Gimp and Inkscape) are quite powerful BUT the UI is different. No idea about replacements for the critical apps. Have you checked [appdb.winehq.org ] ? If they are really critical, and you cannot find replacements, it may be worth paying for Codeweavers Crossover: [codeweavers.com ]
It is safer to run XP in a VM, as it isolates it - it can only access stuff on its own virtual drive. You can also store and restore snapshots - so if it gets infected, you can just roll back. I mentioned Virtualbox because it lets you share folders (which look like network drives to the VM) and has a nice "seamless windows" feature. The problem with VMs is that they use more memory so you may be better off with WINE on an older machine,
One thing I do not like about Mint (its the main reason I am using Ubuntu with MATE) is that you have to reinstall from install media to upgrade to a new versions. Most Linux distros let you to a network upgrade from a GUI.