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

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


The new Metasploit is out

Along with news of new nasty virii comes word that Metasploit, an open source tool for creating exploits and testing them against your system (to make sure that it is secure) has been released. Get your copy here.

January 12, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


Fighting the antibodies

Jon Udell has an interesting post about groups resisting change much the same way that antibodies take on an infection. He addresses some of the rather acerbic comments to my post about his Monad/MSH columns.

January 11, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


IBM's patent move

As part of its effort to reduce open source Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD), IBM has released 500 of its patents for use without payment. A complete list is available here.

January 11, 2005 by Dana Blankenhorn


SCO skipping the tough questions

Groklaw has a link and writeup about a report from Chris Preimesberger about SCO's bad numbers for the fourth quarter of 2004, but a puzzling "optimistic" outlook. Preimesberger notes something that I've long been aware of, namely that SCO is very picky about who gets to ask questions during their quarterly conference calls:Something I want to mention about this conference call: No hardball questions were asked.

January 10, 2005 by Joe Brockmeier


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