Edited by: Sevarus James on 02/02/2011 23:46:22
As the subject indicates "NEW" to linux, telling a noob to run Arch is...stupid. Arch is a more advanced distro/framework that requires some NON windows skills before a comfort zone is reached.
I use Arch...but started with Ubuntu and learned the ropes there before moving up.
For a NEW linux user, I'd recommend Linux Mint. While Ubuntu is the standard choice by most in these "recommend" fests, a new user installing on his own may not know about things like restricted codecs and such, and Mint has all of that taken care of.
You will still have some learnin' to do as linux IS NOT windows, nor should it be. At least with Mint you'll have a "ready to roll" system after completing the installation, as well as access to the ubuntu repositories and knowledge base because Mint is built on top of ubuntu.
As to wine, using 1.2.2 (stable) will work. (make sure to have the best 3d video drivers as well...and on that subject, I am not an expert with ATI cards, so others will have to fill in the blanks there.)
If you have issues or questions, ask here, in the linux channel in game, check the eve evelopedia for the how to linux section <<<linky on the left side of this site.
Also check winehq's application database for the EVE link for more info on troubleshooting/fixing issues.Linux MintEve EvelopediaWineHQ's Eve Online Section