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

By on May 31, 2013, 5:00 PM

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.

This tongue-in-cheek ticket has finally been closed with a status of “Fix Released,” as Shuttleworth feels that Microsoft no longer has the same majority share they held on to for so long. Microsoft certainly still reigns supreme in the desktop/laptop space, but he argues that with the ubiquity of smartphone and tablet operating systems, this is no longer the case.

Android, iOS, and other platforms now make up a considerable chunk of operating systems on the market, and as smartphones and tablets continue their rapid proliferation, this isn’t likely to change any time soon.

Shuttleworth wrote in a comment for “bug 1” that these alternative platforms mark a healthy competition, and that it is important for them to recognize the shift that has taken place.

“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. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.”

Earlier this week in Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report, Meeker focused heavily on mobile, stating that it has continued to gain momentum quickly and shows no signs of slowing down. Android and iOS collectively hold a 65 percent share of computing devices, compared to Windows’ 35 percent.

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VitalyT VitalyT said:

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.

Guest said:

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.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Linux Mint likes to crash a lot.

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.

gamoniac said:

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.

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

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.

psycros psycros said:

Linux Mint likes to crash a lot.

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.

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.

Railman said:

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

freythman freythman said:

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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