Report: Massachusetts OpenDocument fan resigning

Peter Quinn, the Massachusetts state chief information officer who championed use of the standardized OpenDocument format within the state, will resign Jan. 9, IDG News Service reported Wednesday.

His support of OpenDocument, a standard file format used by OpenOffice that contrasts with the dominant but proprietary formats of Microsoft Office products, played a role in his resignation, according to the memo.

"Over the last several months, we have been through some very difficult and tumultuous times...Many of these events have been very disruptive and harmful to my personal well being, my family and many of my closest friends. This is a burden I will no longer carry," he said in a memo, according to the news service.

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