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

x86 facing real competition

Look at history from 1980 forward and what you see since is that the Wintel consortium evolved around the IBM PC to give us about 24 years of predictable change in which the dominant architecture became ever faster, but didn't really change in character. Look ahead, and you see all that changing: in effect it's 1979 all over again with two big competitors getting ready to duke it out and the current market leader, now Intel instead of Zilog, effectively sidelined for the duration.

May 16, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Pushing IBM Around

When a politician wants to send a signal to a rival they can do it by "privately" meeting with an opponent in a way they're certain will become public. Thus Microsoft's flirtation with Red Hat is really aimed at sending a message to IBM.

May 16, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Microsoft to buy Red Hat? Say it ain't so

From Red Hat's perspective this could be a marriage made in heaven -- offering both a defense againstthe two greatest strategic threats it faces and a graceful way for key players to foldtheir tents and steal away into the night.

May 15, 2005 by Paul Murphy


Speculating on Red Hat and Microsoft

CNET reported last week that Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met for lunch in New York. That's something like Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh chowing down together -- you just wouldn't expect it to happen.

May 15, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Is open source nimble enough?

Open source will need a much bigger market share before the open source process can fill fast-changing niches faster than proprietary solutions.

May 13, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


How do open source enterprises handle security?

Security may be one of the biggest challenges facing the open source enterprise.When I say enterprise, of course, I mean enterprise -- hundreds of servers, thousands of desktops, and truly heterogenous environments.

May 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


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