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Linux.com: Powerpoint Must Die

Sep 26, 2000, 21:32 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Stone)

"The problem, I quickly discovered, was that programmers tended to program what they themselves needed. This is really two problems. First, there are whole classes of applications that programmers ignore because they don't use them. Office's presentation program, Powerpoint, comes at the head of this list."

"Second, programmers tend to code programs only well enough to be able to use them themselves. They haven't figured out yet that 'it works for me' is not an axiom of usability...."

"The Achilles' heel of desktop Linux, however, is the presentation program. We have nothing that can even remotely compete with Microsoft Powerpoint. For years I could ignore this sad fact, but as an official part of the management structure, I can no longer avoid the truth: I have to make presentations, and all available software under Linux sucks."

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