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Mr. Jeff V. Merkey

Wrong Jeff V. Merkey?

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Timpanogas Research Group , Inc.
  • Founder
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News Trail: Dotcommers reaching Staplety from Auridian, 19 Dec 2002 [cached]
Matters were made worse recently when their ex-Chief Scientist, Jeff Markey now founder of Timpanogas Research Group (TRG - decided to create an open source network operating system (See for more details).
Mr. Merkey worked at ... [cached]
Mr. Merkey worked at Novell, but left to form the Timpanogas Research Group, which, at times, intended to sell "virtual network disk" technology, the Ute-Linux distribution, and a Netware-like kernel called MANOS. The company spent vast amounts of money in litigation with Novell, and was ahead of the curve in the indemnification game:
TRG grants indemnification against infringement claims by Novell to any commercial Linux companies, customers, distributors, etc. who use patches, NWFS, THOR, Ute-Linux, MANOS or any TRG technologies in their releases.
Mr. Merkey claimed to have disposed of the Novell issue by means of having filed a sexual harassment suit against the company, but life was not to be so easy. The closure of Timpanogas was announced in 2001:
I have dissolved TRG as a Utah Corporation and I am now focused on a variety of projects for various clients related to Linux development. Novell has recently threatened to try to take my house and assets if I post any more NWFS releases or MANOS.
One would think that Mr. Merkey would have had enough intellectual property litigation for one life, but that appears to not be the case. He recently resurfaced on linux-kernel with this interesting offer:
This discussion is done; we must confess, however, to a certain curiosity about what Mr. Merkey's next scheme will be.
What I don't understand is why Mr. Merkey got so much publicity. Here's a fellow who showed a complete and utter ignorance of the basic concepts of copyright and work-for-hire when he left Novell, and paid for it big-time. In the doing, he really did contaminate the Linux kernel with Novell's intellectual property.
I don't think many people care if it was Merkey or anyone else. It's just that Merkey gave such an insultingly low offer that it's bizarrely entertaining. He offered $50K; my calculations estimate that it would cost $612 million (US) to redevelop the Linux kernel. Even if he offered $612 million, I doubt the offer would be taken.
First of all, Merkey did not offer to buy the copyright.
Jeff Merkey is not serious. He is just trying to annoy or irrigate them.
Just read all his emails. A sure tone of mocking. Do you believe that someone who tries to do his job actually insults the folks he needs to work with, again and again?
Buying the kernel
Posted Nov 1, 2004 16:06 UTC (Mon) by qu1j0t3 (subscriber, #25786) [Link]
Jeff Merkey is not serious He sounds serious to me, not to mention seriously unhinged ...
Merkey's emails were spoofed?
Posted Nov 10, 2004 0:55 UTC (Wed) by ggoebel (guest, #4487) [Link]
I raised an eyebrow the first time I saw the emails that were purported to originate with Jeff Merkey. The guy has a more than healthy ego and a set of perogatives that have often been in less than harmony with the majority of the linux kernel mailing list. But he's not an idiot.
In this light, it bears mentioning that Jeff Merkey has disavowed the emails that have gotten everyone all riled up. I.e., he says he didn't write them.
Merkey is a contentious and provoking person.
Todays News, 3 Sept 2000 [cached]
TRG's CEO Jeff Merkey stated, Based on our early analysis of Caldera's impressive product offerings and technical and management talent, we believe that Caldera's future platform offerings will provide the enterprise class capabilities that internet-aware companies will need in their businesses.We plan to provide NetWare (TM) interoperability and migration components to enterprise customers who want to migrate and deploy these platforms in existing NetWare (TM) environments..
TRG is also issuing the following statement regarding prior plans to provide an Open Source NetWare (TM) Directory Services on the Linux Platform.TRG is focusing it be efforts in the NetWare (TM) market towards preserving and promoting Novell's NetWare (TM) technologies in an Open Source Form and making them more pervasive to enterprise customers through it be MANOS Open Source Initiative.We will be providing an Open Source NDS (TM) on MANOS 2H 2001 that will be freely available to the Linux Community at that time.It is not our desire at this time to hand Microsoft or anyone else an open source scythe they can use to harvest the NetWare (TM) installed base until a competitive Open Source NetWare NOS is available for Novell's customers to consider..
Jeffrey Vernon ..., 18 May 2009 [cached]
Jeffrey Vernon Merkey Jeffrey Vernon Merkey was born July 13, 1960 near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to June Anne Archer and Curtis Richard Merkey on the Tribal Lands of the Cherokee Nation.
Jeffrey Vernon Merkey worked formerly at Novell March 2008 Archives, 1 Mar 2008 [cached]
[Tech Bytes at Use Bytes] [Former Novell chief scientist Jeffrey Merkey says he donated $5000 to the Wikimedia Foundation in exchange for changes to his Wikipedia entry. Mr Merkey says Mr Wales agreed to "use his influence" to remove libelous remarks in the .
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