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 beer for your weekend

Most of the recipe is fairly conventional -- hops, malt, sugar -- but the students also added nearly a pound (300 grams) of Guarana beans, an ingredient from the Amazon that is usually found in sugared energy drinks, which also brings some caffeine with it.

July 29, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Holding back innovation

This post on Techdirt does a great job of summarizing the problem with patents: The patent system isn't designed to "protect the little guy." It's designed to promote innovation -- and that's what it needs to be judged on.

July 29, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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How Linux comes home

At ZDNet, we often ask how Linux will ever crack the home market.It might come in through your next mobile phone, but most users won't know it, nor will they use it, as Linux.

July 27, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Branding vs. Programming

Unix can't compete on a branding level with Windows. We have too many players, each with their own agenda, to put out a unified message. It's really up to you, no matter what flavor of Unix you use, to drive this message home.

July 27, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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The open source business process

It’s this open source business model, not open source software per se, which I think proprietary companies like Microsoft and Oracle are unable to get their hands around. It’s the first great business invention of the 21st century. It’s changing the world in Internet Time.

July 24, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Are the OS wars a three-horse race?

A JupiterMedia study, reported on by ComputerWorld, shows the Mac OS X operating system taking some significant hunks of market share in mid-sized and large businesses.While the survey found 17-21% of desktops and 9-14% of server users had Macs, it doesn't mean that OS X has complete control of those shops, or that their market share is that high.

July 23, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Martin Taylor makes a political argument

I planned to go after John Dvorak's Creative Commons humbug, but I got beat, and that's good.So let's instead take a look at the latest from Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager for platform strategy.

July 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Complaining about the Creative Commons

You'd think that Creative Commons is a pretty simple concept to grasp. However, John Dvorak's recent column about the Creative Commons licenses shows that it is indeed possible to completely miss the point.

July 21, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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