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

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


IBM controls open source license question

When I wrote about Computer Associates Senior VP Sam Greenblatt's cunning plan, I assumed he wanted to replace the CDDL with a template, and encourage companies to?use template-based licenses instead of BSD or GPL licenses.

April 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Whom do you trust to maintain open source projects?

JavaWorld has a piece that asks the question, who should maintain open source projects? Obviously, this is looking beyond the many one-man open source projects that are part of the ecosystem and focusing on the big dogs of the open source space.

April 11, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Linux development moving off proprietary tool

File this under Irony.Stephen Shankland reports development of the Linux kernel may slow because Linus Torvalds is having to abandon a proprietary tool called BitKeeper, which he'd used since 2002 to keep on top of things.

April 10, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn