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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Firefox, Finally

Firefox, Finally

One of the worst-kept secrets of the computing world is that, after spending billions of dollars and several years winning a virtual monopoly on Web browsers, Microsoft is slowly tossing it away.There are good reasons for this.

November 9, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Novell Linux Desktop

Novell Linux Desktop

It has been predicted that the number of available Linux distributions will continue to increase until they reach a 1:1 ratio with the general populace. That may be an exaggeration, but it sometimes seems like it could happen if you watch the Linux community closely.

November 7, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Roll Away The Stone

Roll Away The Stone

The gearheads are buzzing over ZDNet's report from Friday about Chris Stone (left, from ZDNet France) leaving Novell. They're worried about what this may mean concerning Novell's commitment to open source.

November 7, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Amazon gets it right

Amazon gets it right

I've long been a fan of Google, but it's often disheartening to see a parade of tools from Google Labs that are IE/Windows only. The Google Toolbar is IE-only, Google Compute and the Gmail Notifier are Windows-only (though Gmail itself works wonderfully in Firefox on Linux), and the Google Desktop Search is Windows-only with a Mac OS X version on the way.

November 4, 2004 by in Amazon

"It" Changes

"It" Changes

Its a mark of our continued sexism that Kim Polese, who busted the glass ceiling in the 1990s with Marimba, is still described as the Web's "it girl."This despite the fact shes now a veteran executive, a serial entrepreneur, and her new outfit, SpikeSource, is a very interesting open source idea.

November 3, 2004 by in Open Source

Adobe's Linux Limbo

Adobe's Linux Limbo

What are we to make of Adobe's Linux dance?As Stephen Shankland reported early this morning, Adobe has quietly begun seeking a computer scientist to maintain open source projects, and a director of Linux market development.

November 2, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Those left behind

Those left behind

While everyone else is looking forward to finding out who wins today's election, I'd like to take a look back at open source's brief moment in the spotlight during the campaigns. As Dana noted earlier, Scoop is playing a large part in the success of DailyKos, but only two presidential campaigns actively dabbled in using open source to create communities to support their candidates.

November 1, 2004 by in Open Source

Ingres joins the fray

Ingres joins the fray

Computer Associates (CA) has released Ingres r3 under their CA Trusted Open Source License.It will be interesting to see whether CA's Ingres r3 is successful as an open source project.

November 1, 2004 by in Open Source

Phishing for Linux

Phishing for Linux

Preston Gralla would like to welcome Linux users to the world of malware. This is in reference to the phony security update claiming to be from Red Hat, asking users to download a patch that (if they're silly enough to do so) will compromise their system.

October 28, 2004 by in Open Source

Windows is more secure?

Windows is more secure?

If Steve Ballmer hadn't been tapped for his post at Microsoft, his talent for spinning facts and spreading FUD would have made him a natural for American politics. Microsoft, with Ballmer at the lead, is busy again trying to convince the tech world that Linux and open source leave users more vulnerable to security issues than Microsoft's own products.

October 27, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

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