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I have received a few Xmas cards using powerpoint. Is their an Ubuntu equivalent to open this file?

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possible duplicate of Is there a Powerpoint (PPT) to text/html converter? – Raja Dec 12 '13 at 12:53
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He doesn't ask for a conversion tool - so rather no duplicate. – guntbert Dec 17 '13 at 21:25

Ubuntu comes with LibreOffice, an office suite that replaces Microsoft Office. The LibreOffice equivalent to Microsoft PowerPoint is called Libreoffice Impress. In any case, you should be able to open you PPT or PPTX files by simply double-clicking the file.

By the way, in order to get to know the alternative to other popular software, I recommend taking a look at AlternativeTo.net. For example, here's a list of alternatives to PowerPoint in Linux.

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