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

Open source kant

One advantage I enjoy here at ZDNet is your diversity.All kinds of solutions are represented.

January 6, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Apples and office suites

Is Apple prepping a new and improved office suite? The rumors that abound before Apple's Macword Expo are in full force, and one of the rumors gathering steam is that Apple might be ready to unveil a suite called iWork, with its Keynote presentation software and a new word processing program called Pages or perhaps Notes.

January 5, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Live Linux or die

Robin (Roblimo) Miller's latest book is Point and Click Linux, which he is selling with his usual flair and understatement."Learn about Linux or get left behind," is the way he put it to Enterprise Linux News recently.

January 4, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Better errors in 2005

Preston Gralla has an interesting list of five things Microsoft won't do in 2005, but should. Worth a read, but one of the "should" items for Microsoft is also true of a great deal of open source software as well.

January 4, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Learning From IBM

IBM has made more of a commitment to open source, in terms of money and people, than any other company.It also has more to show for its investment than anyone else.

January 4, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Blogging and open source

In case anyone needed the obvious pointed out, a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project has confirmed that blogs have "established themselves as a key part of online culture." Of course, being a key part of online culture doesn't necessarily mean that it's a key part of everyday culture.

January 3, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Open Sesame

Our recent note on the War Against Open Source brought some great posts (this art available from the Gypsy Hollow Gallery), including this from reader George Mitchell:If the war against open source continues, eventually the question of what exactly is contained in closed source code bases will surface. And that would leave a host of software vendors with infringing code.

January 2, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


An opening for Linux?

As of December 31, Microsoft will stop providing general support for Windows NT Server 4.0.

December 29, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier



Take wireless LANs off the Internet. Put a gateway in front of them, a hardware Linux firewall, and then run applications on that gateway which live on the network.

December 28, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn