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The Open Source Consortium (OSC) and Schoolforge UK have welcomed the
findings of BECTA's independent research into the Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) of ICT systems in schools.

Ian Lynch the newly appointed Chair of the joint education working
group, comprised of Schoolforge UK and OSC members, commented, "There
have been many TCO reports commissioned by companies with vested
interests in proving their own case. This is a rare independent research
study and carries significantly more weight than most as a result of its
independence. BECTA's research shows that to sustain many government
policies in ICT in education Open Source strategies are not optional but
essential and the real decision for schools is not whether to adopt an
open source strategy but how quickly and effectively the change can be

For his part Mark Taylor Executive Director of the OSC welcomed Lynch's
comments noting, "The whole Open Source community welcomes this report.
We believe that it will enable schools to develop a much richer
environment for children's learning and teaching using ICT. The move
towards equality of access to hardware and software will be a signifcant
support to Government inclusion policy."
Ian Lynch

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