Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has closed the longstanding #1 bug at Ubuntu’s bug-tracking Launchpad service. Opened nearly a decade ago, the bug was entitled “Bug #1 (liberation): Microsoft has a majority market share.” It was a play about how Ubuntu was an underdog, fighting to open up the PC marketplace to more than just Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
Shuttleworth made the decision to close the bug mostly because Windows is no longer the powerfully dominant force for computing that it was 20 years or even 10 years ago. Microsoft is still an undisputed king on the the desktop, but growing research shows that they’re falling behind in the overall computing device war – and without change, that will hurt them in the long run.
Particular attention was paid to the above chart from KPCB, which shows the impact that competing mobile operating systems has had on Microsoft in recent months; the software juggernaut has fallen from 95% of the market in 2005 to just 26% of the overall device market today, behind both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.