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

Vinegar: Will Windows viruses work on Wine?

Matt Moen at Newsforge has been busy lately trying to get Windows viruses to work on Wine, an open source version of the Windows API designed to let Windows programs work on X-based operating systems.Before you ask "why," consider that a Windows virus might be a good compatibility test.

January 27, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Oregon herding open source cats

Oregon, home to the Open Source Development Labs and Linus Torvalds, wants to rustle up some of you open source cats.Actually, they just want some open source start-ups to move there.

January 26, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Sun ups the patent ante - but not enough

Sun's anti-climactic announcement Tuesday (they could take a few lessons from Apple here) for DTrace and the OpenSolaris release contained one minor surprise -- Sun's offer of 1,600 patents for use by the open source community, or at least those who are using OpenSolaris and Sun's CDDL. While it's nice to see Sun and IBM trying to out-nice each other to prove their commitment to open source, the main problem remains: Software patents are an inherent threat to software innovation.

January 26, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Evaluating open source Windows

Yesterday I introduced speculation that programs like Firefox, Thunderbird(left), Open Officeand the Chandler project may be more of a threat to Windows than Linux. These open source Windows applications could, in time, help take share from Microsoft Office.

January 25, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Microsoft worrying about the wrong things?

Business Week recently got to talk with Kevin Johnson, Microsoft'sgroup vice-president for worldwide sales, marketing, and services. Naturally they asked him a lot of questions about Linux.

January 25, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Blogs and editorial integrity

In my last post a gentle reader (using what I can only hope is a nom de plume) pointed out that I had written moving to Windows rather than moving from Windows. One of the peculiarities of writing is that you can read and re-read something you've written and keep seeing what you meant to write rather than what you've actually written.

January 24, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Evolution coming to Windows

One thing that can be said for the open source community, that can't really be said for Microsoft, is that we play well with others. If Windows users won't come to us, we'll go to them.

January 24, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

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Smellavision replaces television?

The headline comes from a very old Bugs Bunny cartoon (The Old Grey Hair, 1944, by Robert Clampett), in which the rabbit and hunter are transported to the far-off future, to the year 2000. (The title panel comes from Dave Mackey's site.

January 23, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Real open source JDK?

Weiqi Gao reports that a true open source Java Development Kit, perhaps from IBM, could come out as early as this coming week. Reports of an an open source JDK have been around for some time.

January 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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