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A few added things:

- To those suggesting using Linux, I use Windows because I need to. I run programs that require Windows, and don't really want to start messing with Wine. Also, from seeing the recent Ubuntu stories here on HN, it really does seem like the people behind Ubuntu and Gnome in particular are guilty of the same thing with their "brand"

- While Apple probably doesn't do this on MacOS they sure do try to get your email to sign you up to "offers" when you download QuickTime.

It would be interesting to see the list (or at least types) of programs you use that require Windows. I've got a CAD program that I've been using forever that does (TurboCAD) and I'm more facile in Corel Draw than Inkscape (which is horribly, horribly under-performing on the same hardware booted into Ubuntu 12.10).

Does Corel Draw use some kind of graphics hardware acceleration (e.g. Direct2D)? I find that GTK software completely ignores hardware accelerated rendering most of the time; Cairo (which renders most of the GNOME UI now) is pretty much completely a software renderer, and the GNOME 3 desktop only uses OpenGL for window compositing, not most drawing, as far as I'm aware.

Coincidentally perhaps, both Corel and TurboCAD use accelerated graphics for rendering.

For many this list has just one item:

- Adobe Photoshop

If you rely on it for work, than you can't just switch to Linux. GIMP is closer to paint than to PS.

People say Gimp has a different/worse UI, but roughly similar capabilities. Do you have a citation/basis to claiming Gimp is so much weaker?

I would argue that having a bad UI is a big enough problem.

I last used GIMP in 2010 so a few of these might be available now. Anyway here's my list:

- No support for raw images.

- No 16 Bit and 32 Bit color mode.

- No adjustment layers.

- No support for Photoshop plugins.

- Lack of LAB and CMYK color modes.

- No 3D support.

- No video support.

- Integration with other Adobe tools (e.g: copy paths directly from Illustrator).

- Lack of usable transformation tools.

Also even though GIMP supports psd files, once you exceed a few hundred megabytes, it gets really slow compared to PS on the same machine.

The only thing that's better in GIMP is the lasso tool. I hate it in PS, but it's actually usable in GIMP.

If you factor out price (which you can and should if this is the tool that makes you money) GIMP doesn't even come close.

You are contending that Photoshop requires Windows? You sure you want to go with that?

Yeah, I do. (Though it runs on OS X too.) What's wrong with that?

Apple only use your email for sending Apple software and hardware news.

They don't sell you out to 3rd party advertisers like Microsoft has sold their Metro and Xbox UIs.

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