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

Oracle and open source

Oracle is a proprietary software program, but many think it's the best friend open source has. Through OTN, now six years old,Oracle maintains strong links with the open source community.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Transparency

Transparency is at the heart of a free market, a free political system, and, I think, it's the value at the heart of the open source movement. Transparency isn't anarchy.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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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

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Achilles Heel

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

December 12, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn

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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

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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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