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

European patent directive defeated

It's been a long and arduous saga, but it looks like the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID) has finally been soundly defeated, 648-14. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised by this result since it seemed likely at many points that this would get shoved through despite overwhelming opposition.

July 6, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Whose Linux do you use?

Estimating the "market share" (more appropriately mindshare) of various Linux distributions is difficult and, some say, fairly useless.

July 5, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


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


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


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