I just discovered that there is a free "special edition" eye-candy version 3.1 that was released by Alien Skin a while back. I found it here: http://www.geocities.com/why2kspace/

It runs fine with gimp using the PSPI (photoshop plugin extension)!

On top of that, I also found PSPI compiled against Wine: http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/pspi.html

And have tested it on my Ubuntu system. I installed wine from the package manager, installed the PSPI plugin from that link, and installed eye-candy 3 from the first link.

And have it working (mostly) fine. There are still a few oddities when dealing with some transparent features, but if you are religious about things being open source and choose linux for other reasons, this give another tool in the arsenal!

-Rob A>