Mark Shuttleworth has marked the first bug filed in the Ubuntu’s tracker as resolved. The bug was:
Microsoft has a majority market share
He has a point. Microsoft Windows might still be the most popular personal computer operating system today but it is no longer the dominating force.
Consumers today have started shifting to portable devices like smartphones and tablets. And most of these are powered by a (relatively) open source platform Android. Apple iOS comes secondary. Microsoft has a very small market share in both of these markets.
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). 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.