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

How to make a project fail

Taken together these measures let him assure user management that he'd put a two million dollar machineat their disposal and was draining his budget at $3,000 per day for two of the finest, Oracle trained,on-site database experts ever to walk the earth

June 15, 2005 by Paul Murphy


What's next for Debian?

Now that Debian Sarge is finally out the door (insert big applause for the Debian folks for passing that milestone), what comes next? Obviously, work begins on Etch, the next release -- but what should Debian's priorities be?

June 15, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Nokia enters the BSD camp

Amid all the hoopla about Nokia tying up with Apple and open source, developing a version of the Safari browser for its Series 60 cell phones, what has not been mentioned is its impact on the continuing BSD vs. GPL debate.

June 14, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Do I need a cop? Aye, that is the question

One of the odd things about the operation of the social welfare system is that somebody, somewhere, in at least one arm of the total system - justice, wellfare, immigration, mental health services -somebody knows what the social worker needs to know. Did Joe, a violent career criminal from anothercity, announce his intention of living with his sister -and twin three year olds- to an outreach workerat the John Howard Society's halfway house? Somebody somewhere in the system knows, but the case workerdoesn't.

June 14, 2005 by Paul Murphy


The 80-20 problem

When a closed source project gets most of the way there, its owner will redouble efforts to win market share. When an open source project gets most of the way there, its developer doesn't have a big incentive to make changes -- it works fine for them.

June 14, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


From Ingres to EnterpriseDB

Oracle is not universally beloved, and is at serious risk of seeing its market retire as more andmore systems decision making falls to younger people whose first loyalties might be toMicrosoft or Open Source, instead of to IBM or Oracle. That's the market enterpriseDB is going after,and by all reports I've seen so far, they might well have the product to do it.

June 13, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Sourcelabs acquires Brand Perens

Sourcelabs is 100% behind the "political" aspect of Perens' life, his work against software patents and the DRM shut-out of Open Source from content players. You might say they like him, they really like him.

June 9, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Linus on Licensing

It may strike you as interesting that it's 1998 and he still thinks of Linux as "free Unix for the 386" but whatshould be thought provoking is the clarity of his decision. There's no absolutism or partisanship here: he choose the GPL, not because it was morally better for everyone,but because it offers a better fit to his personal needs.

June 9, 2005 by Paul Murphy