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

BSD Certification

Back in the early days, before the stock market collapsed upon itself and Caldera turned evil, one of the problems in promoting Linux was certification programs that would allow hiring managers to sort the wheat from the chaff when going through resumes.

April 19, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Linux for distributed computing is here

It's called CHAOS, and it takes unused cycles from any PC on your network, then harnesses them for use by an application which needs them.It's a good example of a point made by several readers here the last few days, that adding new features to Linux simply makes Linux better, not more unwieldy.

April 19, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Is Linux becoming Windows?

Is Linux becoming like Windows, so overwhelmed with features that it's bloated?Some people are starting to think so.

April 17, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Framing the discussion: Linux vs. Microsoft

Microsoft seems to realize that many people take its sponsored studies with a grain of salt. So, why would the folks in Redmond -- or any other vendor, for that matter -- go to the trouble to finance a study that they know will be dismissed as biased?

April 17, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Is IBM-Red Hat Linux a scam?

If your hardware vendor or free Linux application requires that you use a paid Linux distribution, is it still free?Paul Murphy says it's a scam, one IBM is perpetrating.

April 14, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Apple makes a stronger proprietary argument

Today I matched the latest arguments on the blog of Microsoft's Jason Matusow against concerns expressed in the latest Gartner survey on open source, reported by ZDNet DataPoint.They match up pretty well.

April 14, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Open source journalism

No field has been transformed by open source as much as journalism.I'm referring both to open source as in free, and open source as in see the source code.

April 13, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn