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> BECTA Rubbishes Almost the Entire UK Open Source Industry
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | I've written a number of times about BECTA, charting its constant
> flip-flops
> | on open source in schools – sometimes damning it, sometimes driving it.
> Like
> | me, you've probably been increasingly confused about BECTA's real
> attitude to
> | free software. Well, I think we know now, following the snubbing of all
> the
> | most experienced UK open source players in the awarding of a major
> contract
> | to promote open source in schools.
> `----
>
> http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolb...=912&blogid=14
>
> A learning experience
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | The situation looked to have improved in early May when it was revealed
> that
> | Becta had issued an invitation to tender for a project to set up and run
> an
> | open source schools project.
> |
> | As Glyn Moody reports, however, despite bids from the great and the good
> of
> | open source in the UK (supported by the likes of Red Hat and Canonical)
> the
> | contract was awarded to The AlphaPlus Consultancy, a company described
> as
> | having “no known experience or track record in FOSS”.
> `----
>
> http://blogs.the451group.com/opensou...ng-experience/
>
> Becta schools deal stuns British open-istas
>
> ,----[ Qyuote ]
> | He claimed that the decision to snub bidders that included Red
> Hat-backed
> | Sirius and Canonical-backed The Learning Machine exposed Becta’s open
> | source “posturings” as a “sham”.
> |
> | Becta, which in recent months has been a vocal critic of Microsoft’s
> | monopolistic stranglehold on software, invited bidders to tender for
> | its “Open Source Schools” project in May.
> |
> | At the time it said: “Becta wishes to ensure that schools are aware of
> and
> | can access the wide variety of open source software in the marketplace.
> To
> | achieve this it recognises that they must be supported in its awareness,
> | adoption, deployment, use and ongoing development.”
> `----
>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06...ource_schools/
>
>
> Yesterday:
>
> Becta, open source and education: Too little, too late?
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Slow adoption of open source and free software in UK schools can be
> | attributed to the same kind of inertia that afflicts SMEs in the UK. It
> | arises from a fear of the unknown, misapprehensions of the capabilities
> of
> | the software, over-reliance on trusted suppliers, and general lack of
> | awareness of the alternatives - but the major obstacle has been a lack
> of
> | coordination, direction or understanding from the relevant authorities,
> | exacerbated by a series of agreements with Microsoft at government level
> that
> | have effectively tied the education system into Microsoft-only
> solutions.
> `----
>
> http://www.itpro.co.uk/603639/becta-...ittle-too-late
>
>
> Related:
>
> UK Government criticised for stifling open source in schools
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | MP Pugh reckons shcools should support independent or open source
> | software firms. He says, "In my experience a school is a key part
> | of the community and as such has a role to play in the economy of
> | that community. By supporting SMEs the local high-technology
> | industry will be encouraged which will benefit everyone."
> `----
>
> http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36464
>
>
> Becta under fire for procurement framework
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Nineteen MPs have accused a government agency of restricting the
> | procurement of software in schools.
> `----
>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11...nt_criticised/
>
>
> Becta has a lot to learn
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Rather than investing time and energy into helping to promote real
> | alternatives to Redmond's hold on school IT, Becta is simply using the
> OFT as
> | a negotiating tool. Like many organisations, Becta seems incapable of
> | thinking outside a Microsoft-defined box.
> `----
>
> http://resources.zdnet.co.uk/article...9290249,00.htm
>
>
> Another false dawn for open source in UK schools?
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | “Mark Taylor of the Open Source Consortium pressure group said: ‘This is
> a
> | mini-step in the right direction but what Becta is actually doing is
> keeping
> | Microsoft in front of the market to the exclusion of alternatives.’ He
> | claimed Becta’s complaint is part of the process of negotiating a new
> | contract for the use of Microsoft technology in schools and will
> therefore
> | only add to the visibility of Microsoft in the market.”
> `----
>
> http://blogs.the451group.com/opensou...in-uk-schools/
>
>
> Lawmaker blasts U.K. government on Microsoft policy
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | "A member of Parliament of the United Kingdom has launched a stinging
> | attack on the U.K. government's IT strategy, saying that it has given
> | Microsoft too much control.
> |
> | John Pugh, who is a member of Parliament, or MP, for Southport and a
> | member of the Public Accounts Committee, was speaking in an
> | adjournment debate on Tuesday that he had called. The aim of the
> | debate, he said, was to explore the alternatives to using Microsoft
> | software, including open source."
> |
> | [...]
> `----
>
> http://www.news.com/Lawmaker-blasts-...3-6212721.html
> http://tinyurl.com/2ashm2
>
>
> Becta's schools software scheme reported to EC
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | An advisor to Becta, the education technology quango, has complained
> | to the European Commission about its procurement process for firms
> | to provide online learning platforms and content to British schools.
> `----
>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01..._ec_complaint/
>
>
> Microsoft's


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