Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She received a silver award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2005 for her profile on Linus Torvalds and edited and co-authored "Partnering With Microsoft," a book about Microsoft's channel published by CMP Publishing in 2004. Rooney graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. In her off time, she enjoys scuba diving, sailing, sun worshipping, running, reading, surfing (the net) and hanging out with her family. She resides on the shores of Scituate, Massachusetts.

Paula Rooney owns no stock in the companies that she covers. She holds a 401K that is managed by Morgan Stanley.

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IBM Symphony falls on deaf ears without open source e-mail, calendar

IBM Symphony falls on deaf ears without open source e-mail, calendar

IBM's debut of its homegrown open source version of OpenOffice without e-mail or collaboration features is not surprising but nevertheless disappointing.On the one hand, Big Blue's recent endorsement and support and services plan for OpenOffice -- an acknowledgement of the obsolescence of SmartSuite and Workplace -- offers new hope for the struggling open source desktop.

September 18, 2007 by in Open Source

Eudora open source e-mail client beta makes debut

Eudora open source e-mail client beta makes debut

Thunderbird backers are hoping that the soon-to-be-released "Penelope" add on will improve its prospects in the open source e-mail arena.The first beta of the "Penelope" open source Eudora client based on Mozilla's Thunderbird debuted this week, less than a year after Qualcomm announced its intention to get out of the commercial e-mail business.

September 7, 2007 by in Open Source

Pure play open source Microsoft ISV details transformation from proprietary world

Pure play open source Microsoft ISV details transformation from proprietary world

One Boston-area enterprise application software vendor detailed its transformation from a proprietary company into a purely open source ISV – at Microsoft’s local headquarters last night.Aras Corp, of Andover, Mass, decided last January to begin offering its commercially established multi-platform product lifecycle management (PLM) and business process management (BPM) software using an open source model, on the Microsoft stack only.

November 29, 2007 by in Open Source