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

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


The war against open source

The Boston Globe is currently featuring a well-written article about the war against open source. The main visual coming from it is of Black Duck corporate sleuths using tools like SIFT from Service Integrity to flag open source code in corporate networks and get rid of it.

December 27, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Next-generation shells - is Linux falling behind?

One of the reasons that I prefer Linux to Microsoft is the command line -- not only is Linux better-suited to management at the command line, but GNU Bash is much more pleasant to use than Microsoft's CMD.EXE.

December 27, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Open source Java from Brazil

It's called the Javali Project. That link is in Portugeese, but here's the project leader, Bruno Souza, talking about it over at LXER.

December 26, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


An open source New Year resolution

Reading all the great posts we got on my last note about Apple, I would like to offer the open source community a New Year's Resolution.Simplicity.

December 24, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Merry Christmas from Poland

Just when things were looking bleak, Poland's undersecretary of science and information, Wlodzimierz Marcinski stepped in and saved the day. Despite widespread opposition, and a lack of majority support, the EU Council was set to push through the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive at a meeting of the Agricultural und Fishery Council.

December 22, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier