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

Is eBay really friendly to open source?

I fear many companies tip-toeing into the open source world expect this to be a one-way street. That is, you write stuff that I like and I'll take all the benefit, plus I'll control what you write at the same time.

June 28, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Grokster and open source

"This volume needs to be embraced and managed because it cannot be vanquished. And a tone must be set that allows future innovation to stimulate negotiation and not just confrontation."

June 28, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The NeXt PeopleSoft?

Dave Duffield, one of the key people behind Peoplesoft is apparentlystarting a new business aimed at developing and supportinga new ERP/SCM package that mixes open source with traditional business methodsto compete with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft

June 27, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Counting Dollars and Xen

In other words, buying a 32 way x460 and using Xen to partition that into eightvirtual four way boxes would cost about $200,000 more than a rack with eight four way serverswhile reducing your total potential performance by about a third

June 26, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Bounties for docs?

I've been meaning to mention Google's "Summer of Code" for some time. Google is sponsoring work on open source projects by paying students a $4,500 stipend to dig in and work on projects.

June 24, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


News from the Cel

Bear in mind that the cell consists of an Altivec equiped PPC based main processorcontrolling an eight way on-board grid. Getting Linux and MacOS X to run on themain processor is apparently relatively easy, but getting beyond that to tapping thethe enormous potential offered by the grid correspondigly difficult.

June 23, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Signs of strength in open source

The point is that we who report on the open source world, as well as those of you who live in it, have a natural impatience. We see the glass as half-empty all the time. But it's also half-full.

June 23, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


PPC vs. Intel: Top 500 shows who's right

These numbers lead to an interesting question. Since "everyone knows" that Pentiums arefaster and cheaper than powerPC chips, how come they seem capable of only about two thirdsas much work even when run at a nearly a third more cycles per second?

June 22, 2005 by Paul Murphy