A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
The Free Software Foundation and the Debian GNU/Linux project have joined to expand work on h-node, a database that identifies hardware that will work with free software.
Acquia has won a federal government contract to build up to 450 websites using the open-source Drupal software. The resulting CMS will be known as govCMS.
The American software firm Novell will have a new owner from November 3 when its parent company, the Attachmate Group, merges with British mainframe computer specialist Micro Focus.