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

Python or Java?

Recently, on another blog, I asked for advice on what language to teach my 13-year old son. The answer came through loud and clear.

December 16, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Class digs into software flaws

Hot on the heels of the previous story about Linux kernel bugs, Daniel J. Bernstein's UNIX Security Holes class has uncovered a number of security flaws in application software for nix systems.

December 16, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


An open source Christmas

Given that much of the software we get is free, it occurred to me to wonder what an Open Source Christmas might look like? (By the way, that's Lint, from Sentinix.

December 15, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Oracle and open source

Oracle is a proprietary software program, but many think it's the best friend open source has. Through OTN, now six years old,Oracle maintains strong links with the open source community.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn



Transparency is at the heart of a free market, a free political system, and, I think, it's the value at the heart of the open source movement. Transparency isn't anarchy.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


An open source living

Open source and free software aren't synonyms.Everyone needs to make a living, and there are many people in the open source community who make it by selling their wares.

December 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Achilles Heel

Documentation, I thought, is the Achilles Heel for open source.It's baked into the process.

December 12, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Sam's Red Hat

I wrote the other day about IBM chairman Sam Palmisano, speculating over what he might next do with Linux.Well, if one of you has Photoshop, maybe you could add a nice red Santa hat to that picture and send it back to me.

December 11, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn