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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Impending Microsoft Deal is No Dutch Treat, Says Expert

Dec 15, 2004, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Can you summarize briefly what is going on with the Dutch government and Microsoft?

"Brenno de Winter: The Dutch government has contracts with preferred suppliers, among them are Microsoft and Novell. The contract with Microsoft has expired and Microsoft wants to close a deal with the new licensing mechanism. [Meanwhile,] the Dutch government has been negotiating in secret for a single deal with the entire government [for] approximately 260,000 desktops for a five-year period. It seems to be the case that the price per desktop will be around 120 euros [US$160]..."

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