Ubuntu declares bug #1 -- 'Microsoft has a majority market share' -- closed

Ubuntu declares bug #1 -- 'Microsoft has a majority market share' -- closed

Summary: Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announces that Ubuntu Linux bug #1 -- "Microsoft has a majority market share" -- is closed. Rather than simply boasting of Linux's victory, Shuttleworth offers an olive branch.


Give major Linux company Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth credit for chutzpah. In the Ubuntu bug-tracking system, LaunchPad, he just announced that bug number one "is now closed." The bug, which dates from Ubuntu's first days in 2004, was: "Microsoft has a majority market share."

Bugged no more! Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth declared that Microsoft's operating system days of dominance are over.

While Ubuntu has been part of the various factors that have cut Windows down to size, Shuttleworth largely credits the growth of smartphones and tablets for Windows' comeuppance. "Personal computing today is a broader proposition than it was in 2004: phones, tablets, wearables and other devices are all part of the mix for our digital lives. From a competitive perspective, that broader market has healthy competition, with iOS and Android representing a meaningful share."

He's not the only one who's noticed that Windows and Intel (Wintel) are no longer calling the shots in computing. Mary Meeker, former superstar Wall Street analys, and now a well-respected venture capitalist, shows in her latest Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' 2013 Internet Trends report that Apple iOS and Android now has the lion's share of computing devices with 65 percent running one of these operating systems over Windows' 35 percent.

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True, Shuttleworth continued, "Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry." Considering that Canonical is positioning Ubuntu to be an Android rival in smartphones and tablets, it's an interesting comment.

Perhaps even more interesting is that Shuttleworth lets go so easily of the old Linux vs. Windows fan-boy fight. Sure, bug number one, which set Windows as Ubuntu's top enemy, "served for many as a sort of declaration of intent. But it's better for us to focus our intent on excellence in our own right, rather than our impact on someone else's product."

Indeed, after noting Ubuntu's cloud efforts, Shuttleworth wrote, "the Microsoft IAAS [Infrastructure as a Service] team are both technically excellent and very focused on having ALL OS's including Linux guests like Ubuntu run extremely well on Azure, making them a pleasure to work with. Perhaps the market shift has played a role in that. Circumstances have changed, institutions have adapted, so should we."

Yes, you read that right. Shuttleworth, a top business Linux leader, praised Microsoft for its support of Linux. Things have changed!

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  • Ubuntu declares bug #1 -- 'Microsoft has a majority market share' -- closed

    Great to see linux admit to defeat. We know ubuntu did not beat Microsoft in any market share so lets call this what it really is, they are admitted they got beat and know they will never be dominant. It only took them 9 years but they finally figured out that linux has entirely too many flaws and is not worth developing. After all this time people still have to compile a kernel, close the telnet port, match library versions to the apps...

    Mark Shuttleworth's next bug closing can be "Stop all linux development and disband the company". It would fit righ tin line with the rest of their culture.
    • Is simple math a challenge for you?

      Personal computing devices:

      MS: 35%
      iOS/Android: 65%

      MS has gone from 95% to 35% in a few years. Who did you say was being defeated?

      Too stupid for words.
      • In just a few years...

        Were phones included as Microsoft only devices a few years ago? Since that is the majority of Android and IOS devices, your comparison is utterly invalid.
        • It's completely valid

          On my Note 2, I can check my mail, browse the web, edit a spreadsheet, print a PDF, Remote to my linux desktop for something, remote to my company's windows 2008 server for support, play games, go to the command prompt to run some network utilities, just about everything I ever do on my desktop. In fact, other than some higher graphic games, I find I use a traditional PC much less than I ever have.

          Smart Phones and Tablets are computers, and they should count in the Computer OS totals. And since both iOS and Android are Linux based, it shows that Microsoft has already lost the next generation of computing.
          • iOS is Linux based?

            No, it's not. It's BSD based.
            Darryl Pierce
          • they are cousins

            Technically since both are based on unix systems they are like cousins. But closer to being the same OS then Windows phone 8 is.
          • Really?

            BSD is a UNIX operating system, Linux is a Unix-Like operating system. They aren't remotely related in any way, except that they look like each other and have some of the same tools available in their toolboxes.

            Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 really share the same core. They are more alike than BSD and Linux.
          • Sorry but that is incorrect

            Novell and SCO spent millions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s trying to prove that Linux infringed upon UNIX intellectual property - without success. Linux is much closer to being a "clone" of UNIX with features similar to several different UNIX variants.

            Like MacOSX, iOS is derived from a variant of BSD & NeXTstep calld Darwin.

            All that said, Android IS derived from Linux.
            M Wagner
          • Android is a "Linux Distribution"

            Android has a Linux kernel with java UI slapped on top.
          • Both are UNIX Based

            Linux & iOS are UNIX based. There are several Free UNIX based Operating systems for desktops and laptops, FreeBSD, Open Indiana (ZFS), and several others.
            Linux is a variant of UNIX, there are several hundred Linux based distributions for desktop & laptop computers, which can also be installed on Mac (Mac is also a PC by the way, PC stands for Personal Computer).
          • you meant

            on your toy you can do simple dumbed down tasks. It's not a computer and it never will be. Productivity is still owned and operated by Microsoft. When employers start to pay for half-azz work that's when we will all switch to Android and IOS.
          • Yeah.. Only Windows Is For Serious Computing..

            Because no one would ever use anything like a Linux or BSD kernel to run something mission critical.. like a server or a router or...

            Maybe you should learn a little more about the real workhorses of the data center instead of talking out of your azzzzzz..
          • windows good for heavy duty computing?

            last time I checked there was only 1 windows server in the top 500 supercomputer list.. and it was miles away from the top.. the rest of the list was 95 percent Linux... even stock exchanges use Linux... all the big ones anyway... don't know any dumb enough to use windows for their stock exchanges. even the international space station dropped windows for Linux... perhaps those people are just smarter or more knowledgeable than you?
          • Spoken like a true fanboy

            Microsoft really has you trained dont they? Obvously these devices are not computers, but MS sucks at those too. The only thing half assed is the amount of downtime spent fighting through MS BS. I get everything done Ubuntu that I do on Windows without the time spent just to keep it working, Same goes for a Mac. MS days are numbered.
            Omar Spence
        • Wrong

          Yes some people (you being one) can do your work on your phone, but don't count yourself as one of the many, you're one of the few. Desktop OS' and mobile OS' are not in the same boat (except for Windows 8).

          Oh and ios is based on Unix which is a certification, there are many OS' based on Unix, but Linux where its Unix like has never been certified as a Unix based OS so its not Unix. Linux is its own OS. Android is based on Linux which is a kernel.

          I was looking for a site that would explain it better than I did http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_difference_between_Linux_and_Unix
          • Your obsessing over the difference between "Unix" and "UNIX (tm)"

            Like you said, UNIX* is a certification. A TRADEMARK. One that costs a great deal to officially tes, confirm and register. Which is really besides the point for most purposes.

            It's a difference that doesn't usually make a difference. To say that Linux isn't Unix is not an especially informative statement -- and in most contexts (including this discussion) more misleading than enlightening.

            Linux is Unix (Unix-type, Unix-like, and if need be can be run as Unix and POSIX compliant mode). It is built to long-standing, well-understood design principles, sometimes referred to as "the Unix philosophy".

            The same tools and applications are easily run on either, sometimes with a little effort. Some attention may need to be paid to certain details (eg. if one wishes to be sure that a shell script will run properly on Linux AND all the various "official" Unix OSs, care must be taken -- but it's doable (and done). And the same issue is not unique to Linux in the Unix OS family)

            Nit-picking about this is about as useful as pointing out that the oil filter I just bought isn't a genuine GM product. Or that the CPU fan isn't official, genuine Intel. If it is fully compatible, works the same, installs the same, and performs the same (or better) I'm not going to consider it an issue.
          • Thank you

      • including phones and tablets?

        Since when is it comparable? I change my phone every 1-2 years and my tablet every 2 years. I haven't changed my desktop since 2007... I change my laptop every 4 years... And as far as I am concerned a good PC is 900$+, while tablets and phones are way cheaper(and can be even cheaper if taken with a 2 years contract).

        so get out of you delusional world and do some basic math yourself.
        Emmanuel Fransson
        • since when?

          since my mom told me she hasn't used her desktop in the last 5months since getting a tablet.
        • let's not forget

          your PC from 2007 is more powerful then any tablet or phone to date. It can also do a heck of a lot more. PCs are PCs, tablets and phones are good for simpleton tasks.