LHB posters complain that our trademarks are never seen in the wild.
Not true! Every single one of “Adam and the Sock Puppets’” trademarks are subjected to rigorous editorial analysis before they are finally allowed to be published. Many of them are excerpted from his seminal Masters thesis, but of course we can’t attribute those, because then he’d be accused of plagiarism.
This one, however, has indeed been seen in the wild. It’s an old Tony Hancock joke. He rushes around the stage, shouting “Sanctuary, sanctuary, sanctuary!” And then, in a supreme admission of pointlessness, he turns to the audience.
“Sanctuary Much, Ladies and Gentlemen!”
The FOSS movement is similarly impaired. Traduced from all sides (including, according to Pogson, Phoronix), they need Sanctuary. Let’s consider where they turn, shall we?
IBM. Capitalisation, $214 billion. Doesn’t give a shit about FOSS.
HP. Well, they sort of jumped the shark by abandoning WebOS, didn’t they? (WebOS is or was a Linux knock-off. HP spent a billion acquiring it and threw it away a year later.)
Oracle. Sanctuary for a while, until they turned to the Dark Side. Ie, patents. Which of course are terrible things. Except when they’re good. It’s all rather confusing, but basically, no sanctuary there.
Apple: OSX is based on Linux. Well, no, it’s based on BSD. And it’s thrown X, etc, away. But basically it’s Linux on a stick. Sanctuary for hipsters, if you will.
Google: Sanctuary at last!
Well, apart from the fact that they don’t release any important updates to the code and they’ve just shut down most of Google Labs.
I think we can conclude that not a single one of these companies is of the slightest use to yer average Loon. But it still doesn’t stop them claiming that Freedom is Just Around The Corner, does it?
PS Admin: No need to mention World War Two here. I didn’t, and I think I got away with it.