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

Palm embraces Linux

Chalk up another one for Linux. PalmSource has announced that it will be using Linux in the near future, and "extending" PalmOS to run on top of Linux as an application layer rather than as an OS in its own right.

December 8, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Open source draws losing hands

Every time I turn around these days it seems that some other product that can't make it in the proprietary world is going open source.That's the way of the world.

December 8, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Global village

Linux' growing popularity outside the U.S. means its software experts should learn a lot of languages.

December 6, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Is CDDL open source?

Joe has all the facts down on the Common Development & Distribution License (CDDL) Sun has proposed for Solaris 10.What he doesn't do (and I'm not going to do it either) is answer the key question -- is this an open source license at all?

December 6, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


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