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 obligations

We have a mandate in the open source world generally not to do evil. I think it's the unspoken part of the open source contract. But that's not as easy to do as it sounds.

August 10, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The view from LinuxWorld

Let me offer a bit of advice unrelated to IT for just a moment. If you ever get the chance to take a road trip from Denver to San Francisco, take it.

August 8, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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The Comdexification of Linux

I'm among the first to say that open source means more than Linux. And I can't blame a show organizer for wanting to make money, for striking while the brand is hot. But is this a show you should be attending? Is this show really useful? Is this trip really necessary?

August 8, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Who owns the air?

I can easily imagine private apartment complexes and commercial structures using such language to keep WiFi out, then selling the "right" to "sell" such service to someone else.

August 5, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Thoughts on OpenSUSE

A few months ago, Linux Magazine columnist Jason Perlow suggested that Novell open SUSE Linux as a "public, open source project similar to Fedora." Thanks in part to Perlow's column, it looks like that's exactly what Novell is doing.

August 4, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Novell's fraud claim against SCO

At issue here are the SCO Source deals Microsoft and Sun signed-off on in 2003, which included "patents." What patents? That's what Novell wants to discover.

August 4, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Who needs a business plan?

One of the questions that is being asked regularly is "what is the business plan for open source?" This has always struck me as odd, as it is akin to asking "what is the business plan for punk rock?

August 3, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier