CyberTech Rambler

November 30, 2006

Becta under fire for paying lip service to open source

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 3:44 pm

Becta, the UK agency championing  for open source in education is under fire for paying lip service. Particularly, Becta ICT model for educational establishment is product-based, making it hostilee to open source products.

To be fair, Becta is finding itself in a difficult position: It has to maintain a fine balance its recommendation list of proprietary and open source software. Too much one direction or the other will cause a fuss.

This probably explains why proprietary software vendors had not voiced their disgruntle about Becta. Yes, we have cases where they complain about Becta reports but they are far inbetween.  May be it is time Becta demonstrate that it is creating a level playing field for both open source and proprietary software in UK education.

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