Ubuntu closes #1 bug report: 'Microsoft has a majority market share'

Ubuntu, the Linux-based operation system run by Canonical has listed its number one bug report for the past nine years on the Launchpad.net website. The report stated, "Microsoft has a majority market share" and served as both a satirical comment on Microsoft's OS as well as a kind of central point for users of Ubuntu to rebel against the use of Windows.

Today, the bug report has now been altered to read with a "Fix Released" label by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. In a comment post explaining the move to retire this long standing bug notice, Shuttleworth said that it was actually the rise of Google's Android OS, which is also based on Linux, that caused him to "fix" this bug in Ubuntu.

Shuttleworth stated:

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. Even though we have only played a small part in that shift, I think it's important for us to recognize that the shift has taken place. So from Ubuntu's perspective, this bug is now closed.

Shuttleworth added that Canoncial also wanted to place the focus on the development of Ubuntu going forward "rather than our impact on someone else's product." The company has announced plans to bring Ubuntu to smartphones and tablets in the future.

Finally, Shuttleworth actually praised Microsoft and its Windows Azure cloud services in his post, saying, " ... the Microsoft IAAS 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."

Source: Launchpad.net | Image via Ubuntu

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Wow my comment got removed just because neowin did not like it . What a shame the truth must have really hurt huh.

I'm sorry for now on I will only praise Microsoft sorry to hurt feelings admins.

cool, but Ubuntu phones have zero marketshare which means they need to re-open another bug with the word google instead of MSFT.

and btw, claiming victory by counting phones instead of PCs is as lame as it gets.

I guess that Shuttleworth should have a "I HEART WIN8" sticker on his car(s).

But I'm not sure Ubuntu should get all the merit here? Humm...

pmdci said,

But I'm not sure Ubuntu should get all the merit here? Humm...

I don't think they gave themselves any merit... They acknowledged they had very little influence on the way things ended up.

Ah, so now Android is linux again...

man these people need to decide, when it fits their agenda android is linux, when it's something bad, android isn't linux.

what do you expect from open source nut jobs. logic only applies when it furthers their agenda which is basically hate like the kind a 7 year old has for its classmate that has more toys.

or as steam has done, moved gaming to another platform while MS is busy trying to mesmerize people with pretty little tiles...

ChrisJ1968 said,
or as steam has done, moved gaming to another platform while MS is busy trying to mesmerize people with pretty little tiles...

Added another platform, yes, more options are good. Moved? Not even close. Hint, look at the Steam hardware survey. Linux is down. Again.

ChrisJ1968 said,
or as steam has done, moved gaming to another platform while MS is busy trying to mesmerize people with pretty little tiles...

While steam mesmerizes people with its xbox1 style drm

You mean something like ReactOS? Or maybe the emulation layer Wine provides, or better yet how about the actual Windows OS virtualized?

LauRoman said,
You mean something like ReactOS? Or maybe the emulation layer Wine provides, or better yet how about the actual Windows OS virtualized?

Or you could just get real Windows.

kernEl, I'm not usually the one who is fixing spelling mistakes, as I myself make a lot of them. But the use of 'kernal' bugs me! There has never been an A in that word

LauRoman said,
You mean something like ReactOS? Or maybe the emulation layer Wine provides, or better yet how about the actual Windows OS virtualized?

ReactOS may provide somewhat reasonable binary compatibility but API compatability is unfortunately years behind what Windows offers

Spicoli said,
Virtualizing doesn't work well with anything that requires graphics performance. You're better off virtualizing the Unix and putting Windows on the hardware.

It's actually gotten a lot better than it used to be, I've had pretty decent results with VMWare anyway, on my hardware it just seems to have better performance than VBox. Obviously far from ideal as running it natively will be faster, never mind the limitations of a virtual video card, and you need to have a fairly beefy system to pull it off.. but for a lot of games I've thrown at it (even Crysis to use an old gag), it's quite acceptable. I've used it occasionally when Wine isn't up to the job and I didn't want to reboot. I still prefer Windows primarily, but I could see this as a possible option for some people that prefer Linux and don't want the hassle of rebooting.

There may be a certain degree of satire, now. But, unless Microsoft cleans up the mess with Windows-8 and gives non tablet users something compelling to move from Windows-7 (maybe Windows-9?), the satirical elements may be going away.

Could be seen as a good thing.... but also worried that Canonical may put the desktop as a second class product.

Still the desktop is far more competitive now than what it was back when that bug was created. Most of the things with the exception of the display server is on par with the Windows counterpart now days. I'd probably still being using Windows as my primary desktop if it wasn't for Ubuntu. Who would have guessed that Steam would have a native client in Linux back then.

Yea, it was very near to its initial (or Beta) release back in 2004. Back then, comparing something like Ubuntu 4.10 to the then Windows XP was just LOL. Really, only the nerdiest of nerds would have used it as a desktop - now days you can easily put it on anybodies computer who only requires an internet browser and potentially a basic word processor.

Shuttleworth piggybacking on Google's success. What a shameless false glory grab to make this kind of announcement. Dirty attention whore, is what he is.

While I do agree that Android is killing it in the mobile area, but per the very first sentence in the bug report, "Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace." Nothing's changed in the least, Windows is still as strong as it ever was. If anyone should be getting a pat on the back it's Google, Canonical really doesn't figure into it, and that's if you want to re-write the bug in the first place to include all devices, not just PC's.

Max Norris said,
While I do agree that Android is killing it in the mobile area, but per the very first sentence in the bug report, "Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace." Nothing's changed in the least, Windows is still as strong as it ever was. If anyone should be getting a pat on the back it's Google, Canonical really doesn't figure into it, and that's if you want to re-write the bug in the first place to include all devices, not just PC's.

And lets not forget that Microsoft make all that money from windows plus the most money from Android software too (more than google!)..