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.

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The war against open source

The war against open source

The Boston Globe is currently featuring a well-written article about the war against open source. The main visual coming from it is of Black Duck corporate sleuths using tools like SIFT from Service Integrity to flag open source code in corporate networks and get rid of it.

December 27, 2004 by in Open Source

Merry Christmas from Poland

Merry Christmas from Poland

Just when things were looking bleak, Poland's undersecretary of science and information, Wlodzimierz Marcinski stepped in and saved the day. Despite widespread opposition, and a lack of majority support, the EU Council was set to push through the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive at a meeting of the Agricultural und Fishery Council.

December 22, 2004 by in EU

Apple polishing

Apple polishing

Yuri Shukost, a former journalist now doing public relations for the Australian Defence Department (and heavy Mac user) wrote something so provocative in comments on a recent post here that I decided to "promote" it for general discussion. The Linux people make a great show about how their OS can do anything, but as one of them wrote: "It appears if you have the time, you can make it work very well.

December 21, 2004 by in Apple

Give a little Linux for Christmas

Give a little Linux for Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, and with only a few shopping days left, I thought I'd throw out a few open source "stocking stuffer" ideas. For friends and family who might like to try Linux, without actually having to install anything, there's Knoppix -- a live Linux CD that runs well on a variety of hardware.

December 21, 2004 by in Open Source

Fedora Core: Community access at last

Fedora Core: Community access at last

When the Fedora Project was announced, Red Hat issued a roadmap for the project that included openness, community and participation as part of the plans for Fedora.Community involvement in Fedora Core development, however, has mostly been limited to using the distribution and providing feedback via the project's mailing lists.

December 17, 2004 by in Open Source

Class digs into software flaws

Class digs into software flaws

Hot on the heels of the previous story about Linux kernel bugs, Daniel J. Bernstein's UNIX Security Holes class has uncovered a number of security flaws in application software for nix systems.

December 16, 2004 by in Security

Oracle and open source

Oracle and open source

Oracle is a proprietary software program, but many think it's the best friend open source has. Through OTN, now six years old,Oracle maintains strong links with the open source community.

December 14, 2004 by in Oracle

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