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

An open source living

Open source and free software aren't synonyms.Everyone needs to make a living, and there are many people in the open source community who make it by selling their wares.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Achilles Heel

Documentation, I thought, is the Achilles Heel for open source.It's baked into the process.

December 12, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Sam's Red Hat

I wrote the other day about IBM chairman Sam Palmisano, speculating over what he might next do with Linux.Well, if one of you has Photoshop, maybe you could add a nice red Santa hat to that picture and send it back to me.

December 11, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


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


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


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


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


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