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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Linux and DRM

Linux and DRM

The recent hiring of a former Microsoft executive, Nat Brown, by Linux developer CAC Media of New York leads me to our question of the day.Can the open source community live with Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

November 15, 2004 by in Open Source

The irony of it all

The irony of it all

As Sun cranks up the hype machine for Solaris 10, one of the technologies we keep hearing about is Janus. Sun's Janus is a technology that's supposed to allow Solaris users to run Linux binaries on Solaris, unmodified.

November 15, 2004 by in Open Source

Search for source

Search for source

One of the most promising features of open source is the ability to reuse code. One conspicuous example is Apple's use of KHTML, from Konqueror/KDE in its Safari browser, or Linspire's use of Mozilla with its multiplatform Nvu "Web authoring system.

November 10, 2004 by in Developer

Change the Frame

Change the Frame

George Lakoff, a linguistics professor with the University of California at Berkeley, teaches that the way to win an argument is to control how the argument is described.The note on Microsoft below reminds me of a very important verbal frame through which open source is losing the argument.

November 9, 2004 by in Legal

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

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