OpenOffice denies rift with Sun

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The project leader of the organisation behind the open source productivity suite has refuted a report claiming that he wants Sun to give up control of the project

Louis Suárez-Potts, the project leader of OpenOffice.org (OOo), has denied reports that Sun should give up control of the open source project it founded.

On Wednesday, vnunet.com published an interview with Suarez-Potts where he said that if Sun donated the code from OpenOffice.org to an independent foundation, this would help attract additional developers.

"In an ideal world open source should not be dependent on the capriciousness of any one corporation," he said, according to Vnunet.com. "A foundation does not isolate a project from any one corporation, it provides some distance. But the reality is that it requires Sun to give up the intellectual property to a foundation. That's a fairly large obstacle."

But, on Thursday Suarez-Potts claimed that his comments had been taken out of context.

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