Mass. CIO Resigns Over OpenDocument Controversy
Peter Quinn, CIO of Massachusetts, announced that he will resign, effective in January, from his post, due to flack that he has gotten for standing up for the OpenDocument standard for Mass. government. It seems that Microsoft is winning this one!
“Peter Quinn, the man responsible for bringing OpenDocument to the state of Massachusetts as CIO will resign on January 9, citing the controversy around the decision as well as personal attacks aimed at him as reasons for his departure,” according to BetaNews.
The move to standardize on the OpenDocument format for all electronic documents in Massachusetts began on September 1, when the proposal was first approved. The plan was quickly attacked by Microsoft, which called it “inconsistent and discriminatory.” The Evil Empire has been flexing it’s muscle since then to destroy this effort toward open standards in government.