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

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


Open source hardware

A partner in IBM's venture capital arm, Juan-Antonio Carballo, says aspects of the open source model are now migrating to hardware. (The picture is from the IEEE workshop where he made his statements.

April 9, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


How to spin statistics

Info-Tech Research Group reports Microsoft could lose as much as 10% of its mid-sized business customers?to Linux, in its best markets, over just the next three years.

April 9, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Polite and Reasoned Discourse

The Linux community is under attack again for the behavior of a few individuals. ZDNet UK talks to Laura DiDio, an analyst for the Yankee Group, who is complaining that she's been ridiculed and harassed by Linux users who don't like what she's had to say.

April 7, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


The GPL is economic imperialism, Sun says

That is the heart of the argument Sun President Jonathan Schwartz made at the Open Source Business Conference this week. As reported by our own Stephen Shankland, because code used with GPL components must be released under the GPL, it imposes on its users a rather predatory obligation to disgorge all their IP back to the wealthiest nation in the world, the United States, where the GPL originated.

April 7, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn