Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

Back to the virtual driver future (aka: What's with all the reboots?)

There are probably a lot of you youngsters out there that don't remember one small important step for mankind that Windows took around the time that Intel's 80386 started to dominate the market.  Compared to it's 16-bit predecessor (the 80286), the 32-bit "386" enabled a breakthrough known as virtual device drivers or, in Windows parlance, VxDs.

April 11, 2006 by David Berlind


Bringing home the bacon

Last week, I took Bacon's Information to task for a Web crawler that wasn't behaving as nice as I'd have liked. I'm happy to say that contrary to my bias, they've been very helpful and responsive.

April 11, 2006 by Phil Windley


Coop: The Boot Camp Gimmick

It's very rare that my good friend Charlie Cooper and I disagree on matters involving tech punditry.  Where so many are quick to donne rose colored glasses around this or that deal or announcement, Coop and I have FDA-approved grey cloudy sky corneal implants from C&C, Inc.

April 10, 2006 by David Berlind


Novell beats desktop Linux drum hard

According to's Stephen Shankland: Linux on desktop computers will begin taking off in mainstream markets in the next 12 to 18 months, Novell President Ron Hovsepian has predicted.

April 10, 2006 by David Berlind


On drafting insects

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Pentagon) has called for proposals to develop "insect cyborgs" that could be used for remote-controlled reconnaissance ("bugs"). According to DARPA, "Through each metamorphic stage, the insect body goes through a renewal process that can heal wounds and reposition internal organs around foreign objects.

April 10, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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Red Hat to acquire JBOSS for $350M. Novell now clearly in play.

Via ZDNet News,  Reuters has the details: Linux distributor Red Hat said on Monday that it signed an agreement to buy open-source company JBoss for at least $350 million, a move that expands Red Hat's product line and adds to its growth potential. The transcation is 40 percent cash and 60 percent in Red Hat stock, with an additional $70 million owed, subject to financial performance....

April 10, 2006 by David Berlind