Ubuntu marks 'bug 1' resolved, Microsoft no longer holds majority market share

By Jesse
May 31, 2013
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  1. Back in 2004 when Canonical was just getting started with Ubuntu, its founder, Mark Shuttleworth, opened a bug report about a major problem for the new operating system: Microsoft dominated the arena with a majority market share.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    It ain't worth as much, mr. Shuttleworth, bragging about someone else's success. Sounds like a cheap marketing move.

    Canonical followed Microsoft steps in that first having a good OS and then voluntarily breaking it. The only reason we know about uBuntu because it was the OS that gained momentum over failures brought by Windows Vista. Just as Windows 7 came in, uBuntu started crawling back into its cave.

    Considering what they did to the UI, I will never touch it again, there are much better alternatives, like Mint.
  3. What about Linux bugs 2-10000? Yeah I know Windows has it's fair share of bugs too, but Linux is worse in general. Linux Mint likes to crash alot. Verified on both my desktop and Tablet whereas Win7 works fine.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    Yep. You want a reliable Linux - go for Debian. But when it comes to all kinds of unknown hardware support, Windows 7 and 8 are more reliable, IMHO.
  5. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 292   +68

    I used to run Ubuntu Desktop and Server on my main PCs, then Canonical kept switching things up, releasing new versions every six months as if they were building a local application. We probably go through lengthier testing in my company for an app release). Most people wants stability in an OS, not overhaul of features.

    All and all, a company's main focus should be improving itself and doing what it's best at, rather than to topple competition.
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,598   +369

    Desktop market is still a pipe dream. They haven't made a real dent. Linux (not Ubuntu but ALL of Linux) is less than 2%. Apple barely registers significance on desktops either... 7%? Bit of a reality check needed here.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,294   +662

    Actually, Ubuntu finds more hardware than either of those Windows versions. I didn't believe it at first but after a few installs there was no doubt left.
  8. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    With Linux someone normally produces third party drivers where manufacturers can not be bothered. A good example is the Kodak ESP7 printers.
  9. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 112   +10

    To me this move doesn't exhibit very much class, and it seems a sign that they're giving up the desktop market.

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