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

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

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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

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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

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The smart robot conundrum

These are still Heathkit Days for robotics, with a few single-purpose hits like the Roomba and Aibo, but no unifying user interface to tie it all together, and no killer app for a general purpose machine.

August 2, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Separating copyright and copyleft

I'd love to see a super-team of lawyers, using these tools, riding herd on every proprietary software outfit out there to make sure no GPL code gets into their stuff, ever again.

August 1, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Respecting licenses goes both ways

As one might imagine, I occasionally disagree with fellow ZDNet blogger and Microsoft employee John Carroll, on topics like software patents, DRM and other issues. However, I'm mostly in agreement with Carroll on this one.

July 30, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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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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