UK pays lip service to open source in schools

The UK's Open Source Consortium has joined criticism of UK government education policy towards open source software, maintaining that the British Education Communications and Technology Agency 'pays lip service' to open source while effectively excluding it from purchasing frameworks.

"The essence of our concern is that they're saying one thing and actually pursuing policies that are exclusive," Mark Taylor, OSC president, told Computer Business Review. "Becta's own research shows there are major benefits [with open source]. However, the reality of the framework is that it excludes both products and services."