A deal that Microsoft recently won whereby the Dutch government went with an upgrade plan from Microsoft for 260,000 desktop computers valued at 210 million USD has just been dropped in its entirety. Lobbying by Open Source groups and Dutch public organisations had the desired effect and as a result Dutch MP’s demanded an explanation as to why a public bid on the project had not taken place. Several OSS companies released statements denouncing the Microsoft deal, and Michael Robertson of Linspire went so far as to reveal that a quote based on Linspire Linux would have been 150,000,000 Euro’s cheaper then Microsoft’s quote.
Read more at TheRegister. It seems that Microsoft is not having a very merry Christmas. My heart bleeds for them. 🙂