>The option of using a VM, WINE, or a separate computer were all put on the table. You can also add dual booting as another.
So what you're saying, is use Windows...
since you're either
Emulating Windows (poorly)
in all 4 of your different scenarios, which in true reality is where things are, since nobody really devs shit for linux that is mainstream.
I get that you think you're cool and all with regards to flipflopping OS'es, but having to flip between OS'es is fucking tedious, and honestly as intelligent as having to buy a ford because you work at a ford dealership then when you go to Dodge you buy a dodge.
I've flipped OS'es multiple times over the years and actually gave Linux a pretty long go with my current box... I had to do all of the things you have to do to interface into a windows-centric workplace with a linux box... I literally had a new win 7 disc that I had put far away in the hopes that HEY, Linux might actually be good now.... I shouldn't need this thing.. right?
I mean, it was totally edgy and cool that you literally couldn't autoconfig to where it'd recognize my raid array through the intended configuration files, even after going through it 10 times.. nope, fire up a console and have to issue multiple commands every time I boot the box. That's fucking glorious! I mean, That's not something that autoexec.bat was for back in DOS? Oh wait.
Oh, It shits itself with Nvidia stuff on a regular basis, let alone SLI? Sure, I'll enjoy a shitty graphical environment and not use the hardware I bought for the computer, with the computer.
Oh hey, Steam's got a Linux branch now.... except that they all pretty much aren't that fantastic, and some of them literally require you to use Wine in lieu of being a Linux Native application.... which is a fucking copout, and oh yeah, wine or playonlinux both suck fucking balls, and can't take advantage of your hardware.
I guess I can't run X program with Wine, I'll use a VM... except that hardware passthrough is dickbutt so you're stuck emulating Intel graphics when you've got some nice video cards just sitting there saying USE MEEEEEEEE.
Do an update on a stable distro... Break the system hard enough that I was purely lucky I kept my primary stuff on a NAS because even using livecd's of multiple recovery linux distros and other things wouldn't recover data off the drives?
Raa, Raa, Linux. The seal on that windows disc got popped instantly after that and I was up and running.... oh, and no hardware had failed, the drives were fine albeit requiring a reformat.
Linux still is only great if you want to be an internet hipster, or you're poor and can't afford a good OS.