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When you run Windows programs under the Linux version vmware, they don't know that there is any Linux involved at all.
Actually you are running the entire Windows operating system session inside of a separate process and window. You boot, run and shutdown just as if you had a second computer to run Windows.
Generally I think those who are using linux tend to prefer an open version where functionalities are similar; if not for idealogical reasons then because you see faster, more stable, and cheaper program when comparing a linux native binary to a commercial exe counterpart running under an emulator. Additionally mastery of wine configuration leaves something to be desired (admitedly I have done very little of it), because it combines some of the most ugly portions of windows (for instance dll dependencies) with the single most intemidating task in linux (configuring a programs settings while deprived of a gui). A lot of configuration is wading through error dialougs made doubly cryptic because you are missing the meat of the os you are emulating - when a program requires some tweaking to run it is most reminecent of a windows box that you have somehow or other destroyed in some crippling but not completly disabling manner.
Considering the above I much opt for say, gimp over photoshop, not because its equivelent - its not - but because its less painful then emulating photoshop and its more then suitable for my purposes.