There’s a difference between having a individually poor memory and being part of a collective falsehood recollection. Both UK and IoM Companies House have no relevant records showing a Canonical Ltd having existed at that time. Jono, who bloody worked for Canonical ffs, confirmed that there’s “no chance” of it existing at the time. It’s public record that Canonical was incorporated in the Isle of Man on 5th March 2004 as M R S Virtual Development Ltd, and had its name changed to Canonical Ltd on 12th July 2004. The UK company company was Fieldwave Ltd, formed on 25th February 2004, and changed to Canonical UK Ltd on 19th July 2007.
Chill also mentioned seeing “tons” of Chinese names on it, which is odd because Mark Shuttleworth founded the company using his compensation from selling Thawte in 1999. He had the free capital to spunk on a space trip in 2001-2002, so I doubt he would have needed additional investment at that point to start a small startup to support a Debian fork.
What was also weird was that Chill cited the Official Secrets Act as reasons for not providing proof (but apparently fine to take personal copies), and then tried to wave off my linking to the 1920s version of the Act that he cited by saying he wasn’t in the UK, despite the fact that all versions of the OSA apply to the Isle of Man as equally as in the UK or Channel Islands.
Ho hum. Post-fact society in action, I guess.