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#1 COKid

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:16

Unless Shuttleworth is prepared to pony up some of his own fortune, this will be a huge PR embarrassment for Canonical. With 20 days to go, they're still under 8 million. I just love it when pompous jerks like Shuttleworth fail.

 

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The Ubuntu Edge is a great idea, but Canonical’s Indiegogo goal is monstrous. That $32 million target is a big ask of consumers, and while many jumped on board early, the project has all but shorted out. Short of a miracle, crowdfunding the Ubuntu Edge just isn’t going to happen.

 

Initial support was phenomenal, with about 10% of their goal being raised in the first 24 hours. Early success like that can always be attributed to the core support of your goal or platform. Continued success is only achieved by mass appeal, and it seems the Ubuntu phone just doesn’t have that.

 

At this point, the project has raised just over $7.5 million. With 22 days to go, Canonical needs just over $24.4 million. That’s about $1.1 million a day to meet the goal, and with the flow of backers slowly dwindling, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll see an Ubuntu phone crowdfunded.

 

Let’s not damn Canonical, though. The Edge is a really great concept, and they deserve credit for going full steam at this via Indiegogo. Even though $32 million is a huge goal, and probably has a lot to do with why support has waned, it was refreshing to see a company that could easily source capital offering it to us first. If anything can be said of Ubuntu at this juncture, it’s that even in attempting to bring a device to market, they embraced the open source spirit that got them there.

 

Source - http://www.androidau...ng-well-251340/




#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:20

Yeah I saw a graphic somewhere that except for some boosts when the started then when they lowered the price, they were really under performing on a per day donation basis.  IMO they went too high for a goal, they should've just built 100 prototypes, then after that created enough hype, go again for the  $32 million.



#3 rfirth

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 20:13

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They are far far far behind where they need to be. It's going nowhere fast. They are $4 million behind where they should be at this point... and taking about 4 days to make $1 million.

It will struggle to get past $13 million... less than half the goal.

 

http://ubuntu-edge.info/#total



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 20:16

Why is he a pompous jerk?! He did an AMA on Reddit, and I thought he came across as really grounded and interesting? 



#5 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 20:31

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They are far far far behind where they need to be. It's going nowhere fast. They are $4 million behind where they should be at this point... and taking about 4 days to make $1 million.

It will struggle to get past $13 million... less than half the goal.

 

http://ubuntu-edge.info/#total

yeah that graph.



#6 chrisj1968

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 20:52

I think shuttleworth did this PR stunt as some sort of "in your face" stunt, thinking he'd gloat at the end. The phone looks nice but.. seems a little lame on the PR. just make the damn phone and it will sell on its' own merit.



#7 Deihmos

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:00

I think Ubuntu is a slow and buggy mess. I wouldn't want this on my phone or tablet. I don't think this project will ever take off.



#8 Dashel

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:22

That guy has 'gigantic douche' written all over him.  Just seems a silly way for a venture capitalist to operate.  

 

He is doing his damnedest to channel a RDF of his own.



#9 vetsanctified

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:30

That guy has 'gigantic douche' written all over him.

 

 

I just love it when pompous jerks like Shuttleworth fail.

 

Yeah, because it's not pompous and douchey to call someone you dont even know like that for no good reason. Very mature, guys.



#10 Syanide

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:33

That guy has 'gigantic douche' written all over him.

 

Whaat. He seems incredibly nice. He had his own business, sold it at the right moment, then gave every employee in the company (regardless of position) 1.000.000 R each, flew into space, contributed code to Debian years before (and after all this) and later started Ubuntu with the goal of making a free OS more accessible to a wide range of people.

 

Too bad the campaign has slowed down, but the people have spoken, and it seems anything more than $700 is too much, which is just a shame, because the specs and features on this one beat anything in the same price category. Makes me think if they aimed even higher and brought the production cost down some more, they might have had a better chance, but they couldn't have known that. At least now everyone knows there's clearly interest in this.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:42

Wow, surprise surprise. I knew this would fail after a few days of "success". While it's a great concept, it's only a good concept for geeks. Something like this wouldn't work (appeal) for the mass consumers. At the end of the day, which average consumer wants to run Ubuntu OS side by side with Android? You guys have to remember, geeks make up a very very small portion of the mass consumer market. This is why I was hesitant to pay into this. 



#12 Syanide

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:46

Wow, surprise surprise. I knew this would fail after a few days of "success". While it's a great concept, it's only a good concept for geeks. Something like this wouldn't work (appeal) for the mass consumers. At the end of the day, which average consumer wants to run Ubuntu OS side by side with Android? You guys have to remember, geeks make up a very very small portion of the mass consumer market. This is why I was hesitant to pay into this. 

 

This was never made with the mass consumer in mind, it's a limited run (40.000 devices) aimed at enthusiasts.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:46

Wow, surprise surprise. I knew this would fail after a few days of "success". While it's a great concept, it's only a good concept for geeks. Something like this wouldn't work (appeal) for the mass consumers. At the end of the day, which average consumer wants to run Ubuntu OS side by side with Android? You guys have to remember, geeks make up a very very small portion of the mass consumer market. This is why I was hesitant to pay into this. 

 

This project never pretended to be for the masses.



#14 Anibal P

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:50

This project never pretended to be for the masses.

 

Then it was doomed for failure from the get go, it's impossible to raise that kind of money without broad mass support, and this didn't have even 10% of the needed support



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 21:52

This was never made with the mass consumer in mind, it's a limited run (40.000 devices) aimed at enthusiasts.

 

This project never pretended to be for the masses.

Fair enough, but you will need mass market to fund a project like this. This project is highly optimistic and I do realize making a phone like this costs lots of money, but you just need the masses to make a successful smartphone these days.