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

Midnight at the OASIS

Boycott OASIS? Paul Festa has the story. The leading e-business standards body faces a boycott based on its new intellectual property policy, which endorses the inclusion of technology requiring payment of royalties to its standards.

February 22, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Crunch time

We have a fascinating story today, from CNet's Ed Frauenheim, saying software developers are suffering less "crunch time," and are volunteering open time to open source.Now I get the contradiction.

February 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


DRM and open source

There's an interesting discussion going on between KDE developers about putting DRM in open source applications -- in this case, KPDF, a PDF reader for KDE. On the one hand, KDE developers may not have a choice -- Adobe claims copyright over the PDF spec, and grants permission to implement it only if there are "reasonable efforts" to implement restrictions in PDF.

February 21, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


What can Brown do for you?

The remarks of new Free Software Foundation executive director Peter Brown on free vs. open source software last week certainly struck a nerve in TalkBack.

February 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Don't call this blog open source

Peter Brown is the new executive director of the Free Software Foundation. In the first of what I hope will be many interviews with ZDNet, he asks that we change the name of this blog:Open Source is a term that was created to mask the ideals of Software Freedom established by Richard Stallman and incorporated into the terms of the GPL.

February 18, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


SCO may be delisted from Nasdaq

It doesn't look like 2005 is going to be a good year for SCO. The Salt Lake Tribune's Bob Mims reports that SCO may be delisted from the Nasdaq for missing filing deadlines.

February 17, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Linuxworld's biggest headline

The biggest headline from LinuxWorld didn't come from IBM, or Novell, or even the Free Software Foundation.In my opinion it came from the Open Source Initiative(OSI), which said it plans to whittle the number of "open source licenses" from 50 to 3 in the next two months.

February 17, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


No go Pogo

If I now call Mr Chipperfield and say to him, 'look here, I've got a forty-five-year-old chartered accountant with me who wants to become a lion tamer', his first question is not going to be 'does he have his own hat?' I was reminded of Monty Python's Vocational Guidance Counselor Sketchin researching Pogo Linux's 'Your Logo Here' plan at LinuxWorld.

February 16, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn