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

Change the Frame

George Lakoff, a linguistics professor with the University of California at Berkeley, teaches that the way to win an argument is to control how the argument is described.The note on Microsoft below reminds me of a very important verbal frame through which open source is losing the argument.

November 9, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Firefox, Finally

One of the worst-kept secrets of the computing world is that, after spending billions of dollars and several years winning a virtual monopoly on Web browsers, Microsoft is slowly tossing it away.There are good reasons for this.

November 9, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Novell Linux Desktop

It has been predicted that the number of available Linux distributions will continue to increase until they reach a 1:1 ratio with the general populace. That may be an exaggeration, but it sometimes seems like it could happen if you watch the Linux community closely.

November 7, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Roll Away The Stone

The gearheads are buzzing over ZDNet's report from Friday about Chris Stone (left, from ZDNet France) leaving Novell. They're worried about what this may mean concerning Novell's commitment to open source.

November 7, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Amazon gets it right

I've long been a fan of Google, but it's often disheartening to see a parade of tools from Google Labs that are IE/Windows only. The Google Toolbar is IE-only, Google Compute and the Gmail Notifier are Windows-only (though Gmail itself works wonderfully in Firefox on Linux), and the Google Desktop Search is Windows-only with a Mac OS X version on the way.

November 4, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


"It" Changes

Its a mark of our continued sexism that Kim Polese, who busted the glass ceiling in the 1990s with Marimba, is still described as the Web's "it girl."This despite the fact shes now a veteran executive, a serial entrepreneur, and her new outfit, SpikeSource, is a very interesting open source idea.

November 3, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Adobe's Linux Limbo

What are we to make of Adobe's Linux dance?As Stephen Shankland reported early this morning, Adobe has quietly begun seeking a computer scientist to maintain open source projects, and a director of Linux market development.

November 2, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Those left behind

While everyone else is looking forward to finding out who wins today's election, I'd like to take a look back at open source's brief moment in the spotlight during the campaigns. As Dana noted earlier, Scoop is playing a large part in the success of DailyKos, but only two presidential campaigns actively dabbled in using open source to create communities to support their candidates.

November 1, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


That New Market Is A Lulu

Red Hat co-founder Bob Young is back in the game, and his latest idea is a Lulu.Actually, that's its name -- Lulu.

November 1, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn