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.
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.
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.
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
, and paid for it big-time.
In the doing, he
really did contaminate the Linux kernel with Novell's
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.
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.
is not serious.
is just trying to annoy or irrigate them.
Just read all his
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]
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.
not an idiot.
In this light, it bears mentioning that Jeff Merkey
has disavowed the emails that have gotten everyone all riled up.
didn't write them.
is a contentious and provoking person.