UK's Becta Gives Open Source Providers Nod for School Contracts

Lora Bentley

The Channel Register reported Wednesday that UK schools could soon have the benefit of Becta-approved open source software. The agency responsible for IT procurement in the schools announced this week that as many as 12 open source software providers have received the official nod of approval and will be included in the Software for Educational Institutions Framework (SEIF).


Sirius Corp. representatives, the Channel Register says, were pleasantly "stunned" by the news. In fact, president Mark Taylor said, "We almost fell off our chairs when we heard." Whether the move was a political one, to appease open source proponents, or simply an acknowledgment that the market is headed in the open source direction, Taylor said, it's a good thing.


The fact that open source is now officially "approved" means that "students, schools and the taxpayer can now use open source software with the assurance of an EU-backed scheme," according to Sirius' education chief, John Spencer.

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