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

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


Green, green hills of open source

Those of you with extra RAM in your cranium may recall the tale of Green Hills Software, whose founder, Dan O'Dowd (right, from the Green Hills Web site), recently went on the warpath against open source, calling Linux tools "a myth" and claiming open source "a threat to national security."Well, maybe (as with parents) you should do as he does, not what he says.

November 30, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Local heroes

Open source programmers are heroes, according to a new report from Demos, a British think tank.(Hey, I always thought so.

November 30, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


The Free Software Foundation Europe working with WIPO

This is an interesting bit of news: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been granted observer status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Here's what the FSFE has to say about its goals in working with WIPO:For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current threats, such as software patents, the European Copyright Directive (EUCD) and others.

November 29, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier


Why CEOs don't blog

The downside of CEO blogging is that when you say something people don't like they are going to treat you like a blogger.

November 28, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Intel shipping desktop Linux to Asia

Remember those Gartner claims from a month ago that most desktop Linux units were really just black market Windows machines?Well, now Intel is out to prove that one way or the other, by shipping explicit Linux support to "white box" makers in the Far East.

November 25, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


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