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

Who is winning the IBM-SCO trial?

One of the great ironies of our time, for me, is to see IBM fighting so hard on what I consider the side of the angels, namely open source. (Google found the image for me in Peru.

January 20, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Is SELinux ready?

Reading this ZDNet piece about upcoming releases from Novell and Red Hat, I see that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 is supposed to include Security-enhanced Linux (SELinux). This is not surprising, since Red Hat has used the last two Fedora Core releases to test SELinux.

January 20, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Open source concept forked again

Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation told me once about his "four freedoms" of software that define open source for him.Freedom to use it.

January 19, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


The embedded Linux battle

There is an interesting market battle going on in the embedded world.It's not just between operating systems, but among versions of a specific operating system -- Linux.

January 18, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Gambling on a new Linux license

Easterners know the Cherokee Nation as, well, a gambling hall. Did you know they have a bet on Linux they think will bring in revenue?

January 18, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn

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Interpreting Sun's behavior

I have to admit, I was amused at Jonathan Schwartz's latest blog entry ("Interpreting IBM's behavior") where he complains that IBM is not being supportive of Sun's attempts to gain more customers in the financial industry:But what's been really interesting is noticing who's not necessarily been so supportive of helping us drive more opportunity with our financial services customers: IBM.

January 18, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Playing the Microsoft game

Many open source advocates like to crow about how Microsoft users must patch-and-patch to fix security holes, while we go merrily on, bulletproof.Not necessarily.

January 16, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


There must be some misunderstanding?

The CTO of Novell Canada,Ross Chevalier, has told a reporter that North America's lagging Linux share is all due to a misunderstanding. They just don't know about all the great applications that have been ported to Linux over the last few years, from trusted names likeIBM, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and SAP, he said.

January 15, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Red Hat reaches out to the community

ZDNet has a story on Red Hat's changes to the Fedora development model. Specifically, Red Hat is finally starting to focus on community involvement:"One of the mistakes we made early on when we made the split between RHEL and Fedora was we told everybody that Fedora was public, come help us out," said Greg Dekoenigsberg, Red Hat's community relations manager.

January 13, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


New TalkBack feature

A quick administrative note for all the folks who read the Open Source blog. ZDNet Blogs is now using the same TalkBack software used by ZDNet News.

January 13, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier