Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting-edge PC operating system, 300bps was a fast Internet connection, WordStar was the state-of-the-art word processor, and we liked it!

Fedora, Mint, OpenSuse, Ubuntu: Which Linux desktop is for you?

The four top Linux distributions differ widely in their approach to the desktop. Here's how to figure out which is right for you

Operating systems don't matter much anymore

Operating systems will remain important for as long as we use computers, but mostly they will matter only to the people behind the scenes

Thinking of moving to the cloud? Send in the lawyers first

Before making the jump to the cloud, take a careful look at who will be legally and financially responsible for data breaches -- you or the cloud provider?

NAC decisions you need to make now to secure your network

Nothing about enterprise-level network access control is particularly easy, from the multiple levels of protocols to figuring out whether to use appliances or switches

Opinion: HTML5 is less than it's cracked up to be

For the foreseeable future, the Web is going to stay the way it is now: a mix of open standards and proprietary technologies

WiMax to finally arrive in 2010: Too little, too late?

Promised for a decade, the wide-area wireless broadband technology is finally on the horizon. But so is the competing LTE

OpenOffice.org 3.1: The next generation

A significant step ahead for this free open-source alternative to Microsoft Office

Running Windows 7 on a netbook

Microsoft has said that any version of Windows 7 will run on a netbook. We try it with Windows 7 Ultimate.

The top 10 operating system stinkers

Enough of the good old days! Let's talk about the bad old days of OSes instead.

The Google OS is coming by year's end

Android is already a desktop operating system and Asus has assigned engineers to develop an Android-based netbook by the end of the year

Take Windows 7 for a spin with VirtualBox

Sun's virtualization program enables a reporter to peer inside Microsoft's forthcoming OS

What's Red Hat doing in the virtualization business?

The Linux KVM that Red Hat gained in its Qumranet acquisition is the cornerstone of the company's ambitious plans for the virtualization market

Windows' days may be numbered

Will Microsoft replace Windows with Midori?

Ubuntu goes enterprise

Ubuntu's parent company, Canonical, has unveiled plans to push the Linux distribution into enterprises as both a desktop and datacenter server OS

Will MySQL keep lighting up LAMP?

Linux users worry that Sun's purchase of MySQL will mean a de-emphasis of Linux and the LAMP stack in favor of Sun's Solaris ecosystem

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