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 intelligence?

As with many corporations, open source in this case is just a cute name for doing what should have been done already

November 9, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Cisco's rejection of open source success

Developers quickly launched open source projects that used the WRT54G as a bridge, as the heart of a mesh network, as a Virtual Private Network and Voice over IP server, even as a low power PC running what I like to call "Always On" applications, managing RFID tags, sensors, and actuators. What was Cisco's response to all this success?

November 8, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Open source database wars begin

By early next year Ingres will be physically separate from its old corporate parent, Computer Associates, and available under a popular OSI-approved license, rather than CA's.

November 7, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Open source remote support

There are many remote systems that use an intermediary server. You’re expecting that vendor to continue to exist. With our software there’s no intermediary – the support provider can bring the full solution to bear

November 7, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Need open source insurance?

In order to get a maximum of $10 million in coverage, with a $250,000 deductible, you first have to spend $25,000-$50,000 on a "risk assessment," essentially an audit to see if you're mixing open source and proprietary code in your current operations. Assuming you pass, you'll spend roughly $200,000

November 5, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Insuring open source

Insurance buildings are like casinos, in that they weren't built from the money of winners, only those who didn't get a pay-out.

November 4, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The latest GPL FUD is Version 3.0

The market success of GPL products, the fact that Lloyd's is now writing insurance in the space, the acceptance of the GPL's assumptions, all point to the health of the open source movement.

November 2, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn