"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]..."