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Since Linux is a small/secure OS, it is simply not possible.

This is not true either. It's very possible! All of Adobes products were coded for Windows, but they can be rewritten to work with Linux, though it might take a long time. Wine, as mentioned before, is another alternative.
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Because of the simple nature of the Linux OS, and the outstanding possibilities, it starts small -- which is what you should have said or maybe I should have said. When people first try Linux, it is compact, and ready to work.

I am not making argumentative claims, but just stating some of the basics.

Not everyone will be a programmer, and not everyone will know how to install Wine. Installing Wine may take an hour for a beginner following a tutorial on installing it. It may only take five minutes for a guru.

If you can rewrite Adobe's products then you can work for them. If those outstanding programmers at Adobe cannot do the coding for their products to work on Linux, what makes you think anyone else can?
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Adobe products are something from Windows I do not miss at all. Adobe does make Acrobat reader and a flash player for Linux. IMO there are much better PDF readers, my personal favorite being epdfview, the default for XFCE.

Adobe does not make their professional products for Linux because the market for it is small. The products are professional and very expensive and most business run Windows on their workstations.

Not everyone will be a programmer, and not everyone will know how to install Wine. Installing Wine may take an hour for a beginner following a tutorial on installing it. It may only take five minutes for a guru.

Many distros have worked hard to make this easy. I personally find Linux package management system easier and quicker than the Windows method of:

  • open web browser
  • google <application here>
  • download application
  • launch installer
  • change install path to my data partition
  • click next a few times followed by finish

I did draw that out a bit but I am just trying to make the point that the Windows install method is not that easy and intuitive. It just what you have been doing and using since you began PC usage. Linux installs go like this:


  • open package management gui
  • search for package
  • right click package -> install
  • click apply
  • click confirm depending on gui

CLI (Debian):

  • open terminal
  • apt-cache search <application> <--- only required if you don't know the package name
  • apt-get install <application>

So for our example, to install WINE:

Debian: apt-get install wine
SUSE: zypper install wine
Gentoo: emerge wine
Fedora: yum install wine

Newer desktops will automatically associate .exe with wine and .msi with msiexec so double click installation will occur the same as in Windows.

This concludes the hour long tutorial.

Edit: Almost forgot about SUSE 1-click installers. Single click on a website link followed by a confirmation and the application downloads and installs. Here is an example: http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA

Edited by Titan8990, 01 June 2009 - 09:40 PM.

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Checking back, I note that Maya ran on Debian in 2002, and instructions for installing Maya in Ubuntu in 2008 - so there should be no problem on running on this and other distributions today - it's not something I use so I can't give a definite response, it may well be that maya will only give technical support on RedHat installations.

GIMP will do what 90%+ of Photoshop users use Photoshop for. It can also run Photoshop add-ons. Experienced PS users don't like it because they are familiar with Photoshop and GIMP is different. There is 'GIMP shop', an unofficial add-on which attempts to emulate the Adobe application.
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