Re: Futile gesture
I can hire someone to perform development work on the Linux OS as soon as their notice period.
i) Not if they are American or British and sanctions are in place
ii) Not on any installation of Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, Libreoffice or Openoffice or any Apache foundation project with Sanctions in place
iii) With sanctions in place as the FSF is headquartered in the USA, any distro is probably legally termed as being exported from the US if it contains the kernel source or otherwise.
Not that I agree with any of the above being "right", but the point was that there exists no commercial distro outside of the USA or UK which is a point of failure, regardless of the software ownership or author, sanctions could result in a legal blockade.