Re: Futile gesture
Er, and? I'm pretty sure the Russians could compile their own kernel
You fail to see the point. If the USA did apply their sanctions equally across the board then the Russians could not download the kernel, their distribution would be shipping only Nginx and MariaDB as everything else is "exported" from the USA. The USA could insist that all soviet ip's be blocked by Apache, FSF, RedHat, Oracle, GitHub.
This is not something I am in agreement with, but a legal fact. Do you remember when encryption could not be exported? I don't recall anyone being prosecuted but the principle applies.
Not that this would all be a bad thing at all, Tianhe got some bread new processors and China got some new chips and fabs after Xeons were banned, and if the UK were to apply the same to ARM designs then they'd be a whole host of new cpu designs.