The UK row over handing control of the country's open source education planning to an education expert, rather than an open source expert, shows the continuing immaturity of open source as a business sector.
Open source advocates bid for the project separately, thinking that would provide competition. Had their combined weight still lost they might have had cause for complaint.
This didn't stop them from complaining anyway.
"Becta's open-source posturing is exposed as a sham, empty spin covering 'business as usual' political sleaze," wrote Mark Taylor (above), president of the Open Source Consortium.
One of the first things Microsoft re-sellers learn, if they want to grow, is it's no good just hanging a Microsoft sign on your front door. You need to specialize. You need to know an industry, a vertical, you need to have an angle.
Open source consultants either don't think the market is big enough to specialize, or think open source itself is a specialty. It's not. Any more than Microsoft is a specialty.
Seeing open source as a specialty is looking at the customer's needs through your own eyes, blind to the needs of the one paying the bills. Which is a great way to get blindsided and wind up crying foul over something that's really quite fair.
To get the order, know the customer. This is true for open source customers as for those using any technology.