Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.

Latest Posts

Do not call him the Craigslist killer

There are scary people out there and if you look for them you might find one. By calling this one the Craigslist killer old media is attacking the whole online world and I believe it's past time we pushed back on that.

April 17, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


Common public license merged into Eclipse

An FAQ on the merger notes that the two licenses were already very similar. "A quick read of the two licenses will quickly show that they are very very close," writes Mike Milinkovich, who heads Eclipse.

April 17, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


Washington state rejects open source

Dressel has expanded his proposal to using Zimbra as well as OpenOffice, which he says will save $1.8 million. Zimbra would replace the department's present Exchange Server, OpenOffice would replace Microsoft Office.

April 17, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


How open source got its wings

"There were questions initially, about support and documentation. But through proof of concept, out ability to show them the system works, we were able to scale the system in front of them without many issues."

April 16, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Connecting hobby and business in open source

Make business feel like a hobby? Show me the fun rather than the money? Focus on pleasure rather than monetization? Heresy, you say. Maybe. But it's the only way I've ever seen an open source company get over the hump, from start-up to thriving concern.

April 16, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


Will telcos embrace open source and what if they did?

Of course telecomm has been building with open source for 40 years. It's called the Internet. But the lines and switches which make up local infrastructure remain proprietary, and their managers remain highly suspicious of everyone.

April 15, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn


The $22 billion open source stimulus package

In order for you to get your piece of this stimulus, you have to make maximum use of open source software in your operations. You have to do more than download. You have to put the software to work.

April 15, 2009 by Dana Blankenhorn