Will Canonical succeed in their crowdfunding campaign for Ubuntu Edge?

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There are still a couple of weeks left in Canonical’s indiegogo effort to raise $32 million to build the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. So far, they are not on track to meet the goal, and at the halfway point there has only been $8.7 million pledged. That’s a lot of money, but it the pace is 50% of what it needs to be to succeed. Can Canonical still pull this off, or is the hope for an Ubuntu smartphone quickly fading away?

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PapaRiver
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Possible but unlikely, at least through crowdfunding. They were crowing about Bloomberg coming on board as a corporate sponsor/partner, but Bloomberg’s total commitment was $80,000. That’s a lot of money to me, but not if I was trying to come up with $32 million. BTW, as of today they have raised $9.2 million. They have to average almost a million dollars per day, and they are on a pace about ½ of that. I actually would like to see them put the Ubuntu Edge into production, but I’m not sure that there is a huge demand for another mobile OS at the moment. 

jimlynch
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Maybe, maybe not. But even if they do, is their REALLY a market for the product? I'd argue no, there probably isn't. Android and iOS totally dominate, and I don't see the Ubuntu phone offering something that the larger market really wants or needs.

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