Re: FrameMaker on Linux (rant)

Subject: Re: FrameMaker on Linux (rant)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 12:40:27 -0800

KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com wrote:

> You have to wonder who made the decision to run FM-Linux
> up the flagpole and then made the decision to NOT do
> the port from 6.0 while 6.0 was being developed/ported
> for all the currently-supported systems. They were asking
> for trouble there... or pre-ordaining the outcome.

An old story: when Adobe bought FrameMaker in 1995 or 1996, Frame's
developers were just releasing the second beta of an OS/2 version.
The Adobe management axed it. The developers went so far as to
petition the management to reconsider, and a couple are rumored to
have quite when the management refused.

I have no idea how many of the Frame developers have stuck with
Adobe, but I wonder if this group or a similar one advocated a Linux
version, and the feeble beta program was a way of satisfying them
and silencing them at the same time.

Or maybe it's just innate conservatism on the part of Adobe

> Now, who's tried out KWord (on Linux), and how's it
> lookin' as a tech writer tool?

It's still a little too much on the basic side for tech writing - no
cross-references, for example. I've also heard some people complain
about stability problems, although I haven't seen any (but, then
again, I've never tried to use it for anything more than a dozen

The good news is that Frame users can feel comfortable very quickly
with it.

All in all, it's a program to watch - but not yet one to use for
serious work. I'd give it another release or two before recommending

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7189 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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