Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint

Subject: Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 19:30:51 -0500

From: "Bruce Byfield" <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
Quoting Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>:
> > -What's the economic model, here?
> There's not one. is open source software, and economics has
> nothing to do with the project's intentions.

Really? Don't open source applications exist so that people can use them as a
basis for programs that they can sell?

> To be more specific, is open source software. You can install
> on as many computers as you like, make as many copies as you like, and give it
> to as many people as you like - all perfectly legally. In fact, the project
> encourages you to do so.

Yes, I understand that, but I'm wondering what is lacking in this program if the
intent is for other people to use it as a basis for their own products that they
will then sell.

> > -Why should I trust that this program won't mess up my computer?
> Why should you trust that any program won't mess up your computer? I mean,
> think about it for a minute.

It is thinking about it that makes me ask the question, Bruce.

> If you look around the site, you'll see that this is a massive
> project, with over ten thousand contributors and a very high profile. Its code
> is available for anyone to inspect. Under these circumstances, what do you
> think the chances are that it includes any malicious code?

Why do you assume that I had "malicious code" in mind?

> Or perhaps you would prefer an endorsement? If so, have a look at the Techwr-l
> web site for my article on Or look at Solveig's web site. For
> myself, I can say that I've been using for 18 months, and that
> is generally equal to MS Office in functionality and superior in some aspects.

Yes, I've noticed that it receives a lot of accolades on this list.

> (Of course, how much this endorsement convinces you depends on what you think
> of me. I won't ask ;->)
> However, I suspect that underneath your question lies a suspicion that open
> source software is inferior to proprietary software. If so, all I can say is:
> have a look.

I might download it at some point and have a look. What is the motivation for
using it, though?

And consider, too, that open source software is probably in your
> life already without you knowing it. For example, Apache runs about two-thirds
> of all servers. And I know for a fact that Techwr-l runs on Linux. Open source
> software, like any software, ranges widely in quality, but the best of it is
> good as any commercial software you can name. In some cases, it's better.

So nobody gets paid for supplying Apache?

> The only way that might "mess up" your computer is if you
> install under Windows and absent-mindedly set the file associations so that
> your MS Office documents open in it when you click on them from the Windows
> Explorer or desktop. However, you have to deliberately choose these options.
> you somehow do set the file associations, it's easy enough to reset them.

Yes, I read something about this on the Web site. I have to say that the Web
site does not seem to be attempting to attract new users. If it were, it might
have addressed the questions that I currently have.

> If you (or anybody else) have any questions, please feel free to ask me on the
> list or privately. I've made some minor contributions to,
> reviewed it several times, and am currently writing a book on the subject, so
> I'd be happy to answer questions.

Thanks, Bruce. I would like to understand what the motivation for using it is
and how it benefits people, especially at a time when people are seeking ways to
earn money. At the bottom of my questions, really, I think is another question:
is the suite as it exists so basic as to be less desirable than products that
developers create that add to it?

Bonnie Granat



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Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint: From: Bonnie Granat
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Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint: From: David O'Brien
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Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint: From: Bruce Byfield

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