I have recently read an eye-opening email from Ian Lynch about what happened in the UK with BECTA.
I have received his permission to republish here his thoughts. I think his email speaks volumes about what happened.
Ian Lynch's email
Fundamentally, I'm not complaining that we were not successful in the tender - I have no idea how strong the winning bid was. I'm complaining that the tender process adopted was broken. This is despite the fact that 130 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in Parliament last year censuring BECTA for procurement frameworks that block out Open Source.