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

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



Here's a quick shout-out from the Open Source blog to Apachecon, that glorious time when lovers of the Web's top open source server get together to trade tips, techniques, and knowledge.This year they're under the Las Vegas sun at the Alexis Park Resort, one of the few hotels in town without a casino.

November 17, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Ghost in the open source machine

One problem open source advocates seldom acknowledge is the disrespect many people have toward what's held in common.You see it in the world with "street spammers" nailing ads to trees in public parks.

November 16, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Microsoft hedges its bets

While the folks in Redmond would prefer an all-Microsoft world, their investment in Vintela shows that they know it isn't likely to happen. Microsoft and Vintela are working together on technologies that allow Microsoft's Active Directory to manage users on other platforms, as well as ways to allow Active Directory to manage nix objects.

November 16, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Linux and DRM

The recent hiring of a former Microsoft executive, Nat Brown, by Linux developer CAC Media of New York leads me to our question of the day.Can the open source community live with Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

November 15, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The irony of it all

As Sun cranks up the hype machine for Solaris 10, one of the technologies we keep hearing about is Janus. Sun's Janus is a technology that's supposed to allow Solaris users to run Linux binaries on Solaris, unmodified.

November 15, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier