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

Do we still need the GPL?

Here's a good topic for debate as we approach Independence Day. As I was doing my morning reading, I came across a link to an interview with Eric S.

July 1, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Google gets an open source nip from DVD Jon

We were talking the other day about how, when a company opens its code up to enhancement by others it needs to be prepared for the Law of Unintended Consequences.Well you might designate this as Prosecution Exhibit B.

June 30, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Does Oracle have a demographics problem?

Oracle likes to hire people in their late twenties or early thirties who combineattitude with some sales skills, but do you know anyone in that age bracketwho doesn't work for Oracle and nevertheless favors the company's databaseproducts? I don't.

June 28, 2005 by Paul Murphy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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