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


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


Free isn't open source

Sun's newest version of Solaris is better than the old stuff and the price is right -- free. But Solaris is not, and never will be, Linux.

November 14, 2004 by Dana Blankenhorn


Desktop search and Linux

I must be under-estimating the user demand for "desktop search." It seems like all the major players are striving to create a desktop search solution.

November 11, 2004 by Joe Brockmeier