I just made the full transition to Debian from Windows XP at work ( I mainly do front end but I do some slicing/design as well ), I'm wondering if anyone else has made the Photoshop to Gimp switch, and how compatible is Gimp with Photoshop saved psd's, are the web slicing features up to par with Photoshop's? Should just rely on Photoshop in a VirtualBox XP Partition.
I switched to Linux a couple of years ago. Since then, I've been using GIMP.
I work with designers doing stuff on Photoshop. When they give me a copy of their PSDs for further editing, I end up returning to the work to them to let them do the changes because GIMP handles PSDs quite differently. Layers are not in order and not all effects are rendered properly.
GIMP has a long way to go to match Photoshop.
For a while, I used Gimp and it does work (and save you a small fortune) but I have to say that I just did not like it as much. I had no problems with compatibility but I just could not get on with it.
Gimp slicing works well - my problems were mainly with actual photo effects and editing.
Also, In my experience, Photoshop runs terrible in a VM, especially the newest which uses GPU acceleration.