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

Big Blue vs. Big Green

He's not much in a swimsuit.He is not even what I like to call a "truly handsome man" (look at all that head on top of his head -- yech!

December 9, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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What Linux skills shortage

For some reason stories like this burn me up. It's a survey from Forrester alleging that there's a big Linux skills shortage, which may keep companies from adopting it.

December 8, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Palm does Linux

We were talking yesterday about second-rate software being ported to Linux.Today we hear PalmSource (which makesthe Palm OS) has spent $21 million in stock to buy a Chinese Linux developer(about 10% of the company), and has plans for a Linux port.

December 8, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Palm embraces Linux

Chalk up another one for Linux. PalmSource has announced that it will be using Linux in the near future, and "extending" PalmOS to run on top of Linux as an application layer rather than as an OS in its own right.

December 8, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier

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Open source draws losing hands

Every time I turn around these days it seems that some other product that can't make it in the proprietary world is going open source.That's the way of the world.

December 8, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Global village

Linux' growing popularity outside the U.S. means its software experts should learn a lot of languages.

December 6, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Is CDDL open source?

Joe has all the facts down on the Common Development & Distribution License (CDDL) Sun has proposed for Solaris 10.What he doesn't do (and I'm not going to do it either) is answer the key question -- is this an open source license at all?

December 6, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Sun's new open source license

Details are beginning to emerge about Sun's license for Solaris, presumed to be the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) that is being discussed on the OSI list. As many expected, the license will likely be incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL):Like the MPL, the CDDL is not expected to be compatible with the GPL, since it contains requirements that are not in the GPL (for example, the "patent peace" provision in section 6).

December 5, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier

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Year of wireless

Open source has ripped the day's biggest industry completely away from American hands.

December 2, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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