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

Bye-bye broadcast flag

Just in the nick of time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has shot down the Federal Communications Commission's over-reaching efforts to require hardware to honor the "broadcast flag.

May 9, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Debian freezes over

We've been following the progress of Debian's upcoming stable release ("Sarge") for some time, and now is a good time to check in on Debian's progress. Let me preface this by saying that I'm a big fan of Debian, the distribution and the community that actually produces the distro.

May 5, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Depoliticizing open source

Much of the commentary on John Carroll's piece about Third World open source movements was political. (The illustration is by Linda Herzog of Vista, California, a member of the Nature Artists group.

May 5, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The GPL wins again

Fortinet has apparently settled the suit filed by Harald Welte earlier this month. Welte, who founded gpl-violations.

May 2, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


License management still a big business

Even with the danger of the SCO case fading, license management is proving to be a vital niche in the open source universe. Proof comes with today's announcement that former Sun chief marketing and strategy officer Mark Tolliver is the new CEO of Palamida, a license compliance service.

May 1, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Game over for Windows ISVs?

Some questions to ponder this weekend.When was the last time you found a really exciting, new Windows application, from a start-up or a near start-up?

April 29, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn