I programmed my Vet practice software in Turbo Pascal years ago.... at the dawn of the IBM compatible PC era, because when I wanted to buy a compiler, theirs was 69 bucks and Msoft wanted like 500 for their C compiler. Got the turbo pascal database toolbox as well.. It's sucessor from Borland when windows came along was Delphi. I now use a commercial Practice management package.. and it's written and maintained in Delphi as well. Which bodes well for your WINE/Linux compatibility.. if you can sort out the processor speed check.