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

Memo to Sun: stop whining

Today David Berlind has a great piece about Sun executives complaining that they "give and they give" but the open source community keeps demanding more. What exactly does the open source community want, Sun asks.

January 31, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

Splitting up the LSB

Peter Galli reports that the Free Standards Group is planning to break up the Linux Standard Base specification into "modules" that will allow for desktop and server standards. I'm glad to see the FSG addressing the desktop issue.

January 31, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

Comments

Cutting through Microsoft's latest FUD attack

Over in England, Nick McGrath, who heads the local platform strategy group for Windows, is dismissing Linux by saying that it has "just" hundreds of developers and that no one is taking responsibility for it. Does Red Hat take responsibility for it, he asks?

January 31, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

Abandoning *ix

Two stories in today's news, which seem quite different, are easy to connect with one sentence.Unix vendors are abandoning proprietary versions for Linux.

January 30, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

Missing the point on open source benefits

Activists at the World Social Forum in Brazil, headlined by John Perry Barlow, celebrated open sourcethis week. "Brazil spends more in licensing fees on proprietary software than it spends on hunger," said Barlow.

January 30, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

What does Microsoft really think of open source?

Pressed by the EU to create a server license allowing interoperability with other systems, Microsoft delivered a license that specifically prohibits it with open source, ZDNet reports today in the UK. Microsoft agreed with an interoperability license to comply with an EU antitrust decision, which it still seeks to overturn.

January 28, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

Brush up your Shakespeare

The law has been a key ingredient in corporate competition for generations.Big companies always have better lawyers than small ones.

January 27, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

Comments

Creative Commons and music

When people think "open source," they usually think software. John Buckman, however, has been applying some of the open source philosophy to music using the Creative Commons licenses, and it seems to be paying off.

January 27, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier

Comments

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

Comments