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

Licensing is Strategy

By using the GPL, by giving away code and hoping amateurs will enhance it, corporations can wash their hands of failed products and still provide competition to hated rivals. In other words, licensing is strategy.

June 2, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


What should we think about mixed source?

Enterprise analysts are cheering Novell's delivery of a "mixed source" solution. It's an application stack combining the JBoss open source application server, the proprietary Oracle database with its Real Application Clusters, and Novell's own SUSE Linux, all running on H-P hardware.

June 2, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


A followup on server consolidation

There's nothing wrong with loading three differentdatabase engines on the same machine if you've got the I/O and processor bandwidth to handlethem -you can trust Unix to do its job pretty much no matter what you throw at it.

June 1, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Are content and open source incompatible?

The end result is to largely shut open source software out of the media playing arena, and thus, if you believe in the convergence of media playing devices and computering devices, out of the general purpose home computer arena.

June 1, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


No honor among thieves?

Only a qualified success? there's a phrase you'd expect from Barbara Boxer's therapist, not ajournalist talking about Microsoft's failure to take an Intel technology much beyond PowerPoint.

May 31, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Europe fights for the open source wheel

Before dismissing  Jesús Villasante's attack on corporate open source as mere carping from "Old Europe," let's ask if there is some justice in it. (The picture is from the conference program.

May 31, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Is Rodi BitTorrent's Replacement?

Rodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. It's released under the General Public License (GNU).

May 31, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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FBI to Duh! itself, again

since they don'thave the software figured out they assume Wintel is the answer, get the people, hardware,and operating system licences to go with that, and then discover they're on a rockslide that canonly go one way - downhill.

May 30, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Supporting the minority: Is open source over-extended?

Slashdot has singled out a Live Journal entry by Red Hat's Ulrich Drepper titled "Dictatorship of the Minorities" that raises an interesting topic. Drepper argues that it doesn't further the cause of free software to continue developing on closed platforms, and that there's little benefit in supporting "minority" architectures like m68k, PA RISC and so forth.

May 30, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


IBM Cell door to slam open

Some people still think this is intended just as a gamesengine, but it's not. As the presentation noted above puts it:"Intended to be the next generation standardarchitecture." And it will be too, it has the securityfeatures of RISC, the hardware partitioning IBMloyalists demand, and awesome performance potential.

May 29, 2005 by Paul Murphy