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OpenOffice is being pimped out by Sun Microsystems, just as Microsoft takes Office online, if Sun's chief executive latest blog entry is anything to go by.
Jonathan Schwartz has posted that an "auction's afoot...to see who we'll be partnering with us to integrate their business and brands into our binary product distribution" of OpenOffice.
He added: "I know this annoys my friends in the free software community, but branding allows us to invest more in OpenOffice.org community and features, from which everyone benefits."
Schwartz is known for lobbying grenades posed as "what ifs," and what he actually meant with his latest post remains mystery. A Sun spokeswoman told The Reg there was nothing more to tell at this stage. She added: "Sun is always exploring new opportunities to increase reach and revenue, support our communities and increase value for our partners and customers."
What Schwartz meant is therefore a matter for him and his blogging software. But the suggestion is that Sun wants partners to insert their logos or bands into the code and that you'll be subjected to the ads either during download or once you open your copy of the suite.