Ian,<br><br>It's even worse than BECTA not having a level playing field.<br><br>Last year I got the DFES to agree to fund the deployment of Linux in a school in Birmingham. Funding agreed to by DFES and to mu mind all systems go.
<br><br>I then went on holiday. When I came back BECTA had decided not to proceed with the project because it was something that was different to what they are doing - i.e. not Microsoft.<br><br>If you want to know more speak to Leslie Fletcher.
<br><br>Regards<br><br>Eddie<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 12/11/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Iain Roberts</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">After the Queen's Speech this week, John Pugh MP will put down an Early
<br>Day Motion we've written saying nice things about OSS in education and<br>expressing concern that Becta and the DfES aren't doing anything to<br>promote it, even as far as a level playing field.<br><br>When it's down, we'll be asking you to contact your MP and ask them to
<br>sign the EDM (we'll provide all the information you need to state the case).<br><br>Myself, Leslie, Ian Lynch and Sue McGuire met with Becta's new Chief<br>Executive last week (Becta being the govt. body advising schools on
<br>ICT). Becta have made it clear that they do not believe their<br>procurement frameworks are unfair to OSS and they have no plans to<br>promote OSS outside those frameworks.<br><br>We disagree and are not going to be shy in saying so. If you can help
<br>us beyond contacting MPs (e.g. getting the message clear on our website,<br>writing press releases, contacting other organisations that might<br>support us (OSS, open standards, schools, universities, political groups
<br>etc.)) please let me know.<br><br>You can find our under-development website at<br><br><a href="http://openschoolsalliance.bluefountain.com/">http://openschoolsalliance.bluefountain.com/</a><br><br>(To be migrated to
<a href="http://www.openschoolsalliance.org">www.openschoolsalliance.org</a> in the next few days).<br><br>Iain.<br><br><br><br>--<br>Iain Roberts<br>Chief Executive<br>Open Source Consortium<br><a href="http://www.opensourceconsortium.org">
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