That being said, I *think* the problem really lies with the Ubuntu 9.10 ftdi drivers. Since Ubuntu wont properly detect the cable, Evoscan and Wine have no chance. This is based on all the previous work i did with Gary (last couple pages).
To test this theory, one could downgrade to ubuntu 9.04, install wine and ubuntu and see if there is any luck. I have seen numerous posts of "similar" Windows Based OBD2/CAN logging tools that do work in Wine, but the tutorials were written using older versions of ubuntu.
Just to clarify from your previous comments: Playonlinux is based on Wine. The trouble hasn't been getting the application to run, but has always been interfacing it with the cable. I have posted how to setup symbolic links, but if Ubuntu wont recognize the cable we are at a dead end for now.
Please report back w/ your findings. As another enthusiast stated: "Windows doesn't deserve a partition on my hard drive"