An open source vendor has been made an accredited schools supplier by Becta, the government agency which oversees IT in UK schools.
Sirius Corporation announced on Monday that it had achieved accreditation, after being the all clear by OCG Buying Solutions, which looks after procurement for the government.
John Spencer, Head of Education at Sirius said: "We are pleased to have shown that open source software is ready for educational institutions and that Sirius has the resources to support its increasing use."
Eleven other suppliers were also accredited, OCG Buying Solutions announced on Tuesday. These were Academia Ltd, Civica Services Ltd, European Electronique, Insight Direct (UK) Ltd, Joskos Solutions Ltd, Pugh Computers Ltd, Ramesys (e-business services) Ltd, RM plc, SCC, Trustmarque Solutions, and Viglen Limited.
Novell was not accredited, although it had previously been in the running, and had not got back to me at the time of writing.