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. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.

Latest Posts

Open source mobility lags

As much fun as it may be to tweak Microsoft, or dream of open source breaking the Microsoft monopoly, the fact remains that mobile monopolies are tighter, bigger (in terms of units) and under much less threat from open source programmers.

August 25, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Is the lack of open source marketing a problem?

Strategic leadership in open source is like herding cats, and thus giving everyone the same marketing direction becomes nearly impossible. It leaves most projects without the scale to compete when what they're doing becomes really hot.

August 24, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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What's exciting about Google Talk?

I'm a bit underwhelmed with the launch of Google Talk, which is a bit of a surprise, since Google has a history of coming up with decent services. I use Google Search dozens of times every day, and check Google News every hour or so when I'm at the computer.

August 24, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Linus wants money to protect the Linux trademark

If a trademark owner doesn't protect their mark, it loses its meaning and may eventually go lower case -- Xerox becomes xerox. But how can you protect a mark when one of its chief values is that it's given away?

August 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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The well-mannered marketplace

Still catching up on my blog reading after my trip to LWCE, and the long car trip back. This post on Copyfight highlights an important point about the DMCA and how it relates to open source.

August 19, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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It's Bloggie time!

The general rule is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The TANSTAAFL rule still applies. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

August 18, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Open source' Chinese wall

Language creates patterns of thought that affect everything else you do, including programming. If the cutting edge of Linux becomes Chinese (or when it becomes Chinese), what are you going to do?

August 18, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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