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

Evolution coming to Windows

One thing that can be said for the open source community, that can't really be said for Microsoft, is that we play well with others. If Windows users won't come to us, we'll go to them.

January 24, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


Smellavision replaces television?

The headline comes from a very old Bugs Bunny cartoon (The Old Grey Hair, 1944, by Robert Clampett), in which the rabbit and hunter are transported to the far-off future, to the year 2000. (The title panel comes from Dave Mackey's site.

January 23, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Real open source JDK?

Weiqi Gao reports that a true open source Java Development Kit, perhaps from IBM, could come out as early as this coming week. Reports of an an open source JDK have been around for some time.

January 21, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


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