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; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications (IEEE Computer, ACM NetWorker, Byte) to business publications (eWEEK, InformationWeek, ZDNet) to popular technology (Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, PC World) to the mainstream press (Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek).

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She received a silver award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2005 for her profile on Linus Torvalds and edited and co-authored "Partnering With Microsoft," a book about Microsoft's channel published by CMP Publishing in 2004. Rooney graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. In her off time, she enjoys scuba diving, sailing, sun worshipping, running, reading, surfing (the net) and hanging out with her family. She resides on the shores of Scituate, Massachusetts.

Latest Posts

Memo to Sun: stop whining

Memo to Sun: stop whining

Today David Berlind has a great piece about Sun executives complaining that they "give and they give" but the open source community keeps demanding more. What exactly does the open source community want, Sun asks.

January 31, 2005 by in Oracle

Splitting up the LSB

Splitting up the LSB

Peter Galli reports that the Free Standards Group is planning to break up the Linux Standard Base specification into "modules" that will allow for desktop and server standards. I'm glad to see the FSG addressing the desktop issue.

January 31, 2005 by in Open Source

Cutting through Microsoft's latest FUD attack

Cutting through Microsoft's latest FUD attack

Over in England, Nick McGrath, who heads the local platform strategy group for Windows, is dismissing Linux by saying that it has "just" hundreds of developers and that no one is taking responsibility for it. Does Red Hat take responsibility for it, he asks?

January 31, 2005 by in IBM

What does Microsoft really think of open source?

What does Microsoft really think of open source?

Pressed by the EU to create a server license allowing interoperability with other systems, Microsoft delivered a license that specifically prohibits it with open source, ZDNet reports today in the UK. Microsoft agreed with an interoperability license to comply with an EU antitrust decision, which it still seeks to overturn.

January 28, 2005 by in Microsoft

Creative Commons and music

Creative Commons and music

When people think "open source," they usually think software. John Buckman, however, has been applying some of the open source philosophy to music using the Creative Commons licenses, and it seems to be paying off.

January 27, 2005 by in Legal

Vinegar: Will Windows viruses work on Wine?

Vinegar: Will Windows viruses work on Wine?

Matt Moen at Newsforge has been busy lately trying to get Windows viruses to work on Wine, an open source version of the Windows API designed to let Windows programs work on X-based operating systems.Before you ask "why," consider that a Windows virus might be a good compatibility test.

January 27, 2005 by in Windows

Sun ups the patent ante - but not enough

Sun ups the patent ante - but not enough

Sun's anti-climactic announcement Tuesday (they could take a few lessons from Apple here) for DTrace and the OpenSolaris release contained one minor surprise -- Sun's offer of 1,600 patents for use by the open source community, or at least those who are using OpenSolaris and Sun's CDDL. While it's nice to see Sun and IBM trying to out-nice each other to prove their commitment to open source, the main problem remains: Software patents are an inherent threat to software innovation.

January 26, 2005 by in Legal

Evaluating open source Windows

Evaluating open source Windows

Yesterday I introduced speculation that programs like Firefox, Thunderbird(left), Open Officeand the Chandler project may be more of a threat to Windows than Linux. These open source Windows applications could, in time, help take share from Microsoft Office.

January 25, 2005 by in Open Source

Blogs and editorial integrity

Blogs and editorial integrity

In my last post a gentle reader (using what I can only hope is a nom de plume) pointed out that I had written moving to Windows rather than moving from Windows. One of the peculiarities of writing is that you can read and re-read something you've written and keep seeing what you meant to write rather than what you've actually written.

January 24, 2005 by in Windows

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