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

The cost of SCO

The cost of SCO

With the SCO case seemingly falling apart, amid exposs and demands for the unsealing of documents, the time has come for the open source community to count the costs of this affair.And there have been costs.

December 1, 2004 by in Open Source

OpenBSD 3.6

OpenBSD 3.6

With all the talk in the press about Linux, you'd almost forget that there are other open source nix operating systems out there. The BSDs simply don't get as much attention as they deserve, so I was hoping to have the time to dig into OpenBSD 3.

November 30, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Green, green hills of open source

Green, green hills of open source

Those of you with extra RAM in your cranium may recall the tale of Green Hills Software, whose founder, Dan O'Dowd (right, from the Green Hills Web site), recently went on the warpath against open source, calling Linux tools "a myth" and claiming open source "a threat to national security."Well, maybe (as with parents) you should do as he does, not what he says.

November 30, 2004 by in Open Source

The Free Software Foundation Europe working with WIPO

The Free Software Foundation Europe working with WIPO

This is an interesting bit of news: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been granted observer status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Here's what the FSFE has to say about its goals in working with WIPO:For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current threats, such as software patents, the European Copyright Directive (EUCD) and others.

November 29, 2004 by in Tech Industry

Intel shipping desktop Linux to Asia

Intel shipping desktop Linux to Asia

Remember those Gartner claims from a month ago that most desktop Linux units were really just black market Windows machines?Well, now Intel is out to prove that one way or the other, by shipping explicit Linux support to "white box" makers in the Far East.

November 25, 2004 by in Linux

Look for a new GPL in 2005

Look for a new GPL in 2005

According to this piece, we might be seeing a new version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) in 2005. This new revision of the GPL is supposed to cover areas that weren't addressed by the current version of the GPL, such as patents and Web services.

November 22, 2004 by in Open Source

Is a fork inevitable?

Is a fork inevitable?

Regular readers of this space may remember Shelley Powers writing about doing a "fork" of Wordpress (which runs this blog) as part of her piece, No Ghost in the Machine. Forks happen all the time, she noted.

November 22, 2004 by in Open Source

A credit to her profession

A credit to her profession

The next time someone claims the superiority of reporters ethics over those of bloggers, tell them the story of Pamela Jones Jones, a paralegal by training, runs the popular Groklaw blog. The legal fight swirling around open source is at the heart of her beat.

November 21, 2004 by in Open Source

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