Tel Aviv, Israel: "Ubuntu can't have all the fun only for itself",
open source distributors are saying as they rush to copy its
Bug No. 1 titled "Microsoft has
a majority market share".
Debian, Ubuntu's parent distribution, has set up
Debian Bug No. 1 which also reads "Microsoft has a majority market
another competing distribution has set up
Bug No. 1: "Microsoft has a majority market share and Ubuntu has a majority
market share on the Linux desktop". Fedora, Gentoo, Archlinux, Slackware
and other distributions are expected to follow suit.
Mandriva's Bug No. 1.
In the meanwhile, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) have decided that they won't
stay out of the game, and have unveiled their brand new web-based bug-trackers,
with "Microsoft Windows Bug No. 1: Windows does not have a 100% market-share",
and "Microsoft Internet Explorer Bug No. 1: We are losing market-share to
Firefox and other browsers.". Among the enthusiastic responses from
commentators on the bugs one can find "Why is this a bug, FFS???" by
"MS-must-Die" and "If this is a bug then I'm a Jackalope, though you should
fix many of the f***ing bug dependencies." by "Slashdot Anonymous Coward".
Some prominent open-source projects such as
abcde (A Better CD Encoder)
and bashdb (the Bash Debugger)
have decided to duplicate Ubuntu bug No. 1 with all of its comments as their
own "Bug No. 1"s noting that "Microsoft's dominance of the market
threatens the very fabric of our existence, and it is our utmost priority to
youtube-dl's Bug No. 1.
Ubuntu's Bug No.1 proved to be a good publicity stunt for Ubuntu and a
focus of active (and often tangential) disucssion. However, now it seems that
Ubuntu are not alone in this, and it remains to be seen how their competitors
will benefit from copying it.
Ubuntu's former CEO Mark Shuttleworth is pleased with the ongoing popularity
of the "bug No. 1" meme. "We believe that Ubuntu's bug No. 1 was the key
differentiating factor in the success of Ubuntu, and we are glad other open
source projects finally realise that. Hopefully, we will soon open more bug
No. 1s (different bugs with the same number) for 'Ubuntu has an equal
marketshare to distribution X'".
Meanwhile, some voices on Ubuntu bug No. 1 have called for converting
its status from "critical" to "release critical", which will make it block
a new Ubuntu release until the bug is resolved. "I am positive that we should
not release a new version of Ubuntu while Microsoft still has a majority
market-share", said an anonymous commenter, "it certainly must block new
releases, and Ubuntu releasing new versions with such a grave bug still
open only amplifies the problem."
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