Accepting that current OS markets have a lot more competition than in 2004 when he filed the bug, Mark Shuttleworth closed it with this parting shot:
“Personal computing today is a broader proposition than it was in 2004: phones, tablets, wearables and other devices are all part of the mix for our digital lives. From a competitive perspective, that broader market has healthy competition, with IOS and Android representing a meaningful share see http://www.zdnet.com/windows-has-fallen-behind-apple-ios-and-google-android-7000008699/ and in particular http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/008699/meeker620-620×466-620×466.jpg?hash=ZQxmZmDjAz&upscale=1.”
see Comment #1834 : Bug #1 liberation : Bugs : Ubuntu
Of course, I disagree. That Wintel is dominating retail shelves in much of the world of notebook and desktop computers without competing on price/performance is still a bug, an annoying and expensive bug. It’s only a partial solution that other modes of computing exist which M$ doesn’t dominate like smartphones, tablets, thin clients etc. There is still a need to use notebooks and desktops running amd64/x86 hardware for 10-20% of purposes and it’s a shame to pay twice as much just because some robber-barrons want to continue living in the manner to which they have become accustomed. It’s not just about money either, but performance, flexibility and accessibility of this kind of IT. Having M$ dominate that part of the market does a lot of harm.
On the hardware side, ARM is now intruding into notebook/desktop space and has adequate computing power for many more tasks than just a few years ago but it’s still not getting a fair shot at retail shelves. It’s just silly that if you want a keyboard on a computer that you must choose Wintel.
No thanks, Mark. I will continue the fight as long as I can whether it is convenient to continue or not. Wintel survives on ignorance. That, at least, I can fight. For anyone who still doesn’t know, I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for most computing. It’s a universal operating system that has been installed on all kinds of ARM or amd64/x86 systems and you don’t have to pay an unknown tax to M$ for permission to use the hardware you bought if you use Debian.