Aug 08, 2013

Will Canonical succeed in their crowdfunding campaign for Ubuntu Edge?

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?


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. 

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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