crossoffice and wine support adobe's products pretty well... its on top of their compability priority lists actually..
Many people,uncomfortable with gimps somewhat basic gui,seek alternatives that resemble photoshop .. One being pixel image editor, which is a terrible piece of software actually.I found it very unusable.
Whatever we talk,photoshop will stay lightyears ahead of gimp, both with features and gui design.Its years ahead.
Its the muse for all other image editors.
I would like to see 1:1 photoshop clone with gimp's core. maybe not all the features,but really a copy of the user interface. And dont tell me gimpshop is that. It isnt that at all.They totally missed the point there!
Photoshop is comfortable because of its menu ordering,tool ordering,and screen space.
With gimp you open not one,but many windows,each over the other,in a different group.Its tabs are floating,taking too much space of the screen.Its right-click menu is terrible if you wanna draw with a tablet.In photoshop,when you click on the pen button (right click) you get a menu for the brush size.In gimp you get something you would get if you click elsewhere.Actually you get that in four places of the gimp's controls.Four.
gimp's dev surely arent thinking much about gui optimisation.With 2.4 they coppied some of photoshops tools,even added shortcut buttons for using some new actions,but thats still waaay behind what adobe devs did this far.Not to mention that it lacks layer subgroups.should be simple to implement,right?
gimpshop will never be an alternative to photoshop. Its not enough just to rename and reorder some of the menus. (things arent looking great with these pattent laws around)
Linux lacks professional graphic tools.Things are starting to look better when xaraLX was ported,with blender and gimp developing on the scene...but it still lacks all the new tools,which are hot atm.
I sure hope,adobe and the other big fishes on the software scene start noticing linux more...see linux as a bussiness partner,not as a hobby project. Maybe with novel,red hat or canonical pressuring them,and they feel they are losing from not investing in the linux port..maybe they will port it.Adobe's support for linux has always been terrible. I mean,we didnt even get to have flash player 8,they skipped that and for a long time,some sites couldnt be opened on a native linux web browser.People had to use IE+wine.