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

Sun's new open source license

Details are beginning to emerge about Sun's license for Solaris, presumed to be the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) that is being discussed on the OSI list. As many expected, the license will likely be incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL):Like the MPL, the CDDL is not expected to be compatible with the GPL, since it contains requirements that are not in the GPL (for example, the "patent peace" provision in section 6).

December 5, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Year of wireless

Open source has ripped the day's biggest industry completely away from American hands.

December 2, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The cost of SCO

With the SCO case seemingly falling apart, amid exposs and demands for the unsealing of documents, the time has come for the open source community to count the costs of this affair.And there have been costs.

December 1, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Sybase survives open source

Sybase CEO John Chen (left, from Sybase.Com) got to ring the bell opening trading at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, celebrating his company's 20th birthday.

November 30, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


OpenBSD 3.6

With all the talk in the press about Linux, you'd almost forget that there are other open source nix operating systems out there. The BSDs simply don't get as much attention as they deserve, so I was hoping to have the time to dig into OpenBSD 3.

November 30, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Green, green hills of open source

Those of you with extra RAM in your cranium may recall the tale of Green Hills Software, whose founder, Dan O'Dowd (right, from the Green Hills Web site), recently went on the warpath against open source, calling Linux tools "a myth" and claiming open source "a threat to national security."Well, maybe (as with parents) you should do as he does, not what he says.

November 30, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Local heroes

Open source programmers are heroes, according to a new report from Demos, a British think tank.(Hey, I always thought so.

November 30, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The Free Software Foundation Europe working with WIPO

This is an interesting bit of news: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been granted observer status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Here's what the FSFE has to say about its goals in working with WIPO:For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current threats, such as software patents, the European Copyright Directive (EUCD) and others.

November 29, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Why CEOs don't blog

The downside of CEO blogging is that when you say something people don't like they are going to treat you like a blogger.

November 28, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn