Gambling on a new Linux license

Gambling on a new Linux license

Summary: Easterners know the Cherokee Nation as, well, a gambling hall. Did you know they have a bet on Linux they think will bring in revenue?

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Easterners know the Cherokee Nation as, well, a gambling hall. Did you know they have a bet on Linux they think will bring in revenue?

It starts with the theory that GPL code is neitherfree, stable nor commercial. Thus GaDuGi Linux, created under a new Cherokee Nation License (still to be written) that recognizes trade secrets.

According to Linux Business Week the guy behind this, former Novell chief scientist Jeff V. Merkey, based GaDuGi off a Novell NetWare microkernel and the Linux 2.4 kernel, and now plans on rewriting the Linux part to get rid of GPL code. Merkey told Linux Business Week the Linux kernel hasn't been stable since Version 2.4, that "the only way SUSE has been able to take 2.6 to market has been to 'fork' the code and patch it to the point a stock Linux kernel won't run on the thing anymore."

The Cherokees will offer a free, non-commercial license but will want license fees on any commercial products that use GaDuGi, according to John Paris, the lawyer writing the license. The code will be posted next month after the Cherokees approve a trade secret act that's in line with U.S. law, he told Linux Business Week.

I decided to play a little game I call "Googling Monkey" with Mr. Merkey:

And now the Cherokees think this same Jeff Merkey will make them money saving open source from the horrors of the GPL license?

In myopinion,they'd be better off putting it all on red.

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  • *YAWN*

    The main benefit of your article is to dispel Merkey's FUD. A casual reading of the articles at Groklaw ( http://www.groklaw.net ) will show even more of his past history. As a person who is quite familiar with the symptoms of brain disorders (not professionally but as a well-informed layperson), my opinion (FWIW) is that it is HE who is not stable, not the Linux kernel.

    His idea of GaDuGi goes back at least a couple of years (more details in the Groklaw archives). His ideas are nothing to get one's feathers in a fluff over, IMHO.

    Thanks for the warning that he is afoot again.
    dumptux