i was having trouble with the nvidia driver on my ubuntu installation until i came across envy (download here). this app downloads, compiles, configures, and installs the latest nvidia (or ati) driver for one's system. sweet. now i have some fancy windows. is that hax0r or what?
i also managed to get wine installed finally (i think). took some command line foolery to make it happen. Boy's video game installed and even put a shortcut on the desktop. unfortunately, it refuses to run and i haven't found the cause just yet. maybe it has something to do with running a windows app in linux.
most importantly, i have located a solitaire replacement for Wife. that was her do-or-die demand.