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

Huh? Mactel, for real?

Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptographydone in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you've goteight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.

June 6, 2005 by Paul Murphy


OK, who got IBM's billion dollars for Linux?

That's 250 people, many of them presumably experienced kernel level Unix developers, working on thekernel for over three years now. Sounds impressive, but what have they been doing? Has anyone seenresults remotely commensurate with that level of effort?

June 5, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Microsoft to dump Longhorn, license MacOS X

There are actually two loony tune headlines I can think of thatmight make some sense: "Intel to fab PowerPC for Apple" and"Apple to sue IBM for commercial malfeasance." Both depend, ofcourse, on things I don't know - specifically on what's in thedetails of Apple's contracts with IBM and Freescale.

June 4, 2005 by Paul Murphy


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