Quote from pavroo on October 12, 2013, 14:16
This is an introduction topic.
Move your Wine problem to Applications section, please.
Done! The solution provided worked and Sparky Mate 64 bit is now installed as the main OS on a dual boot system with Win 7 Pro 64 bit on a Lenovo ThinkPad W520 w/ 2 500 Gb HDs and 16 Gb of DDR3 RAM.
IOW, I am no longer a Sparky tourist, but rather a Sparky user. I have found Sparky Mate to contain the tools I require to get my work done without an excess of complications and can therefore recommend it as a viable solution to prospective users of Linux Operating Systems.
After experimenting with the options and add-ons available for creating custom panels, I was able to construct a combination of panels and add-ons capable of dealing efficiently with the tasks I am likely to face during the day and have found solutions for unforeseen problems by searching and posting to the Sparky Forum.
In conclusion, I consider Sparky to be a viable option, worthy of consideration by those looking for a rolling replacement for M$ Windows and less practical Linux alternatives (and I've tried a lot of them).