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

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

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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

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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

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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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