I'm a front-end dev who basically codes html/css/php; I have a Vaio Laptop and I chose to go with Ubuntu because of the ease of use of tools such as Git, the possibility to do native testing with a LAMP stack etc... The thing is, I need Photoshop for slicing; I receive PSDs from our Designer. These psd's do not open in GIMP. So after unsuccesfully trying to install Photoshop with WINE, I went for a Windows 7 Virtual Machine (VirtualBox).
But it's slow. It's painfully slow. I guess a single layer file would be OK but opening a PSD with 10 groups of 10 layers each... Basically the file takes 20" to load, but then switching layers from visible to hidden isn't really a pleasure to work with.
What would you suggest? Would it worth upgrading to 8GB of RAM and an SSD or I should consider a Macbook which is both Unix-like (term) and has Photoshop natively?
Or should I just use my home desktop beast of 16GB's + SSD?
I wish UBUNTU/Linux could run Photoshop - even through Wine.