The Bug #1 bit was grandstanding in the first place. Crusading against Microsoft and turning out innovative and popular software are two different things. Better to focus on the latter and let the chips fall where they may.
Since no one else has ever made money marketing desktop Linux, I've never really believed Canonical can manage it. The number of people who are motivated by ideology to use Linux is too small. To attract business from everyone else -- meaning everyone who is a Windows user -- Canonical needs to offer a platform that consumers instantly see as obviously better than Windows. Ubuntu is pretty good, but put a Windows machine and an Ubuntu machine next to each other in a big box store and I'm not at all sure customers would look at Ubuntu and go "Wow!".
If Canonical can turn a profit from phones and tablets, it could position desktop Ubuntu in a way that's analogous to Red Hat and Fedora. Or, they might just turn it loose. The more they change the phone/tablet code base, the more welcome the latter course might be.
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