Thanks. Yes I saw Gambas on Wikipedia and keep coming back to it.
My VB legacy has so far kept me chained to windows. From technical angle I am rather shy of Unix in general and of Linux in particular. I dont want to be a system manager. I cant justify the cost (in mental effort and physical logistics) of running two operating systems at once. I occasionally work offshore and am weight restricted to one small laptop. I am reluctant to gather all my bags and make an all or nothing jump from windows to linux.
It would be nice to have a low-cost, low-risk bridge into the Linux/Open Systems world so that I can migrate piecemeal in small chunks and revert if things get messy on the other side. The bridge would involve hardware, OS, officeware, application dev and run environments.
A web-browser/java route would seem possible except for my legacy basic programs and need for high-powered data crunching. Maybe theres some way of using cloud-based processing power at low rental cost. But then that would not be available offshore.