Why does anyone care what Merkey thinks?
Posted Oct 14, 2004 6:19 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
Parent article: Buying the kernel
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. We should be majorly annoyed with him for that but, fortunately for us, Novell has never wanted to take us to task for it. He has since gone to work for Canopy Group, the main investor behind SCO, and when he went there he sold his copyright interest in the kernel to Canopy.
Next time, don't waste your time on him.
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