Before I reply in full. Is there any possibility at all to listen to the original audio recording so I can hear the quoted phrases in context.
I want to give Mark Shuttleworth as much benefit of the doubt as I can muster and I'm hoping for his sake that breadcrumbs of quoted phrases make more sense when viewed in the original context instead of how they are presented here by the LWN author.
I'm not saying that to disparage Jake's editorial eye, but I'm sincerely hoping that in the actual conversation Mark makes more sense and shows a more nuanced and mature understanding of the issues than how his views are presented herein. There's a lot of emotional leakage showing in the chosen quoted phrases, and not much reasoned or rational thinking. I'd hoping the rest of the conversation has a little more meat to chew on and a lot less sensational jaw dropping moments.