UK ‘pays lip service’ to open source in schools

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The < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />UK's Open Source Consortium has joined the UK government education policy for open source software for maintaining the British Education Communications and Technology Agency 'pays lip service' to open source.

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According to OSC president, Mark Taylor, Becta and the Department for Education and Skills are effectively denying schools the option of benefiting from both free and open source. Becta has pointed out; suppliers in its infrastructure framework agreement are free to offer open source software.  Becta is a government agency, which defines its e-learning strategy and educational information and communication technology purchasing and maintained its procurement frameworks, based on functional requirements and open standards and is aimed for companies offering either proprietary or open source solutions. Becta announced that to review the impact of Microsoft's educational licensing programs in the UK, and consider alternatives to Microsoft Windows and Office.

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