Re: Linux 2.6.9 and the GPL Buyout

From: Jeff V. Merkey
Date: Tue Dec 21 2004 - 11:30:37 EST

Gene Heskett wrote:

At severe risk of starting a flame war all over again, here goes.

In other words, that $50 million offer was also just so much
vaporware. Thats not a question, its a statement, because you
personally sure as h--- don't have $50 million to back it up and I
have serious doubts the council would have backed you. $50 million is
a decent sum of money, even if they do have their own casino that may
be quite profitable.

It was for 50K not 50 million, and it was for real.

Really now, are *you* doing the Cherokee Nation any good at all?

I am transferring all the knowledge I have ammased in my lifetime and career into our young men and women. We own a college of information technology, and guess who was just appointed a vice-chair to the board of regents for the university. Can you say "Professor Merkey I presume."

Or are you just another promoter trying to take advantage of a
re-organization as they

I am a part of "they". I have been a member of the Cherokee Nation all my life.

bring their government into the 21st century
and learn to cope with the effects of having their own casino and
(in your opinion) money to burn from it.

We own dozens of casinos, the entire northeastern corner of Oklahoma, and we hold
more assets and cash than even IBM. We are not in any need of cash, BTW.

Maybe they see the
advantages of getting technical, in fact I'm sure they do, and can
probably do that far better for them without your kind of help.

It's to help our young men and women.

I have visited the web site, as I'm sure some of the other
commentators here have also done, and viewed what I saw while keeping
in mind some of the many fine Cherokee people I've had the
pleasure of knowing in my 70 years. Make no mistake, some of them
have been my mental superiors, and they will catch you up at some
point, if not this one. Wilma would have run you off long ago, if she
were still President.

I know Wilma and my people love me. That server you visited in housed at the Cherokee Nation tribal complex and was put their by the Chief and Tribal council. You had better know what you are talking about, Gene.

That said, I personally applaud them for the future direction they
seem to have chosen, but will not pass judgement on this new license
until the legal beagles have had a chance to disect the proposed
license when its finally published, and the chances of its being held
as valid in the courts of the rest of the world. Believe me, I've
seen fine Cherokees screwed in the courts of this (great?) nation
several times, just because they were of Original American bloodlines. Now I'd like them to be treated as equals for a change.

I think we view ourselves as equals.

The feds say they are sovereign, but lets see if the acts match the

Until then Jeff, the GPL is a damned fine license. And I would like
to see it kept.

There will be other options.


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