Welcome to the light side! Well, kinda. So you are looking to for tutorials about how to do things in Ubuntu. I would recommend that you check out a couple of pages. The first is: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/.
This is basically the Ubuntu help for everything. Just do a search for it and if it is possible it will be there.
Next just a little update for you. Beryl doesn't exist any more. At one point a couple of years ago there were to programs one was called Beryl, and the other was Compiz. About a year ago, The people the created Compiz took over Beryl. So, now there is a program called Compiz-Fusion
. That is what you are going to want to install.
The next program that you said that you want to get is Wine. That is cool and all but, what programs from windows are you looking to use through wine? Because, I bet you could find a program just as good that is open source.
As for the last one, I am not sure what program that is. But I will do a little research and try to find it.
Now then, you are using Linux, there are a couple of things that you are going to need to learn how to do. The first is learn how to use terminal. It is the equivalent of command in windows. Check out this link for a beginners guide to general commands that you might use a lot.
There is a lot of other really good information that I can give you if you need, so feel free to IM me anytime, to set up IM in Ubuntu will will want to use Pidgin. It is really easy to use, and i will help you the best you can. Again welcome to the light side.