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

Look for a new GPL in 2005

According to this piece, we might be seeing a new version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) in 2005. This new revision of the GPL is supposed to cover areas that weren't addressed by the current version of the GPL, such as patents and Web services.

November 22, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Is a fork inevitable?

Regular readers of this space may remember Shelley Powers writing about doing a "fork" of Wordpress (which runs this blog) as part of her piece, No Ghost in the Machine. Forks happen all the time, she noted.

November 22, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


A credit to her profession

The next time someone claims the superiority of reporters ethics over those of bloggers, tell them the story of Pamela Jones Jones, a paralegal by training, runs the popular Groklaw blog. The legal fight swirling around open source is at the heart of her beat.

November 21, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The other shoe drops: Ballmer warns of patent suits for Linux

Steve Ballmer is telling Asian governments that they could face patent lawsuits for using Linux.Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property.

November 18, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


No ghost in the machine

In other words, if you don't like the park you're walking in, walk somewhere else. That's your responsibility as the user

November 17, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The Linux Core Consortium: Second time is a charm?

A few thoughts on the recently-announced Linux Core Consortium (LCC). Providing that none of the members of the LCC go rabidly litigious and anti-Linux, as SCO did shortly after joining the UnitedLinux effort, the LCC has a fair shot at long-term influence.

November 17, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier



As RISC architecture was to the 1980s, so grid computing is to our time, a fundamental re-arrangement of computing that promises to deliver more speed, and more power, to more people than it would seem Moore's Law might allow. Open source now has a big dog in the fight.

November 17, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn