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  • Ubuntu Founder Says Android and iOS Helped Reverse Microsoft's Dominance


    The founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, recently crossed off one of the biggest goals of his operating system’s development: removing Microsoft’s dominance in the PC market. Although it wasn’t Ubuntu that made the difference, Shuttleworth doesn’t seem to care which operating system ended up changing the market. According to him it was actually Android and iOS that solved the problem which he previously listed as “Bug #1” in Ubuntu’s development logs back in 2004.

    Shuttleworth’s bug report was finally marked complete as of this past week with a note saying the following:

    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.
    It should be noted that Shuttleworth didn’t strictly meet his original goal though. In 2004, he believed that the majority of PCs being sold should include only free software, which as many of you may already have figured out, isn’t the case for desktops today. Although Android, which is built on Linux, controls a large stake of the mobile market, the devices running it are arguably in a less open state than PCs. As of right now, locked bootloaders prevent users from playing around until they are content, while on PCs it’s still possible to install almost anything one would like.

    Despite that, Shuttleworth notes that companies such as Microsoft have also become more accepting of other developers’ software. He wrote that Microsoft Azure in particular is a “pleasure to work with” on Linux and that today “circumstances have changed markedly from how they were in 2004.

    It’s pretty interesting and probably quite surprising that Microsoft’s dominance is being shifted partially because of Apple’s iOS platform. Those of you who are interested in reading Shuttleworth’s thoughts on this shift in the software industry and the future of Ubuntu can read it by hitting the source link below.

    Source: Ubuntu via The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ubuntu Founder Says Android and iOS Helped Reverse Microsoft's Dominance started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. RS5's Avatar
      RS5 -
      "It's pretty interested"
      Interested > Interesting
    1. tayman's Avatar
      tayman -
      Quote Originally Posted by RS5 View Post
      "It's pretty interested"
      Interested > Interesting
      >>>get a life
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Wow, this coincides with a recent article I read about Chevrolet and Chrysler removing Ford's dominance in the automobile market 100 years ago. (Sarcasm)
      In other words DUH. Competition has a way of doing things like this.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by tayman View Post
      >>>get a life
      >>>>Be nice!
    1. djaquapimp's Avatar
      djaquapimp -
      I think you can opt for Ubuntu as your os when buying a dell now.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Ubuntu is pretty cool. I started with version 3.something and loved it! Of course, now that I barely use my computer for anything but gaming, I only use windows 8, and OSX on the MacBook that I use for homework...