Ubuntu Edge crowd sourced campaign raises $5 million inside three days

Canonical's efforts to get the public to fund their upcoming Linux-based Ubuntu Edge smartphone have started on the right foot. The campaign on the Indiegogo site has now raised over $5 million, as of this post, in less than three days, and is well on its way to making its $32 million goal with time to spare.

Canonical offered people a way to get the smartphone for just $600 on the first day of the campaign but now the company has issued an update to make some changes in its donation tiers. Originally, people would have to donate $830 to get one unit of the Ubuntu Edge after the first day, but now, there are a number of different price tiers that are available before the $830 level is reached. The update states, "We’ll offer a limited number of phones at each level, and as each tier runs out the next ones will be made available, so act quickly to get the best deal!."

People who already spent $830 on the phone will be refunded the difference from a lower priced tier after the campaign is complete. The $10,000 tier is also still available that will allow a person to get one of the first 50 units of the Ubuntu Edge off the assembly line, along with email access to the developers and engineers that will be building the device and its apps. So far, just four people have donated that much money.

Just a reminder: the Ubuntu Edge will dual boot both Ubuntu and Android and will have a 4.5 inch screen, a quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a huge 128 GB of space for internal storage and an eight megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is supposed to be released in May 2014.

Source: Indiegogo | Image via Canonical

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Yeah I am laughing a little bit at all the people who were saying "haha $32m! they will not even make a quarter of that". Shows how much they know about the mobile market

Why does Canonical need these funds.
They have a lot of money, and the CEO of Ubuntu has a net worth of 500million USD.

Nono, they can't make this project happen without the people donating millions of USD.......


It would be similar if Microsoft would start a crowd funding to release WP9.

Where did you find this information? A quick search on the web says they aren't profitable. And their turnover doesn't seem very high. The assets of the CEO are not of any importance too the business, so that doesn't matter.

Spicoli said,
Wouldn't you take free money if people were dumb enough to give it to you?

Fair enough

LegendaryRamzi said,
Where did you find this information? A quick search on the web says they aren't profitable. And their turnover doesn't seem very high. The assets of the CEO are not of any importance too the business, so that doesn't matter.

It does if your willing to produce a new item, crowd funding while you have the money is sad.

Shadowzz said,

It does if your willing to produce a new item, crowd funding while you have the money is sad.

Canonical is a business, not a personal playground for Mark Shuttleworth (He isn't even the CEO by the way). According to your logic Microsoft shouldn't ask money for their products because Bill has enough.

LegendaryRamzi said,

Canonical is a business, not a personal playground for Mark Shuttleworth (He isn't even the CEO by the way). According to your logic Microsoft shouldn't ask money for their products because Bill has enough.

Right, show me the crowdfunding project that Microsoft is doing?

LegendaryRamzi said,

Canonical is a business, not a personal playground for Mark Shuttleworth (He isn't even the CEO by the way). According to your logic Microsoft shouldn't ask money for their products because Bill has enough.


Former CEO then, it's not like he isn't involved with Canonical/Ubuntu anymore. Point is, it is not like Canonical lacks funds to do this, they want to earn more money by expanding into a new business, if they cant afford it themselves and need crowd funding, then what the heck are they doing trying to expand their business.
If they cant make Linux profitable, its their problem. Development will continue and other companies have gone under trying to make Linux work before, so its not like they haven't been warned. Worst is that Ubuntu has no right of existence without Debian, and I have yet to see Canonical or Ubuntu give proper credit to Debian. And wonder why it is so hard to make money since most of the development is not done by Canonical itself.

Yes, other compaines shouldn't ask money for their products, just like how MSFT is giving away Windows for free because they already have billions in the bank and Bill is the richest man. /s

recursive said,
Yes, other compaines shouldn't ask money for their products, just like how MSFT is giving away Windows for free because they already have billions in the bank and Bill is the richest man. /s

Microsoft isn't begging for donations are they? They fund their own projects then sell them.

Shadowzz said,

Point is, it is not like Canonical lacks funds to do this, they want to earn more money by expanding into a new business, if they cant afford it themselves and need crowd funding, then what the heck are they doing trying to expand their business.

I think they do lack the funds to do this. Maybe they are expanding their business to keep it interesting for their employees. Maybe customers were asking for this and can put their money where their mouth is now.

LegendaryRamzi said,

I think they do lack the funds to do this. Maybe they are expanding their business to keep it interesting for their employees. Maybe customers were asking for this and can put their money where their mouth is now.


Not a public company and don't seem to show their revenues, only thing I found seemed ~22m. A founder with a net worth of ~500m.
If its a project not worth investing in from Canonical itself.....

Shadowzz said,

Not a public company and don't seem to show their revenues, only thing I found seemed ~22m. A founder with a net worth of ~500m.

Latest articles mention they are running at loss now, planning to run breakeven soon. The founders money came from the company he sold before founding canonical.

LegendaryRamzi said,

Latest articles mention they are running at loss now, planning to run breakeven soon. The founders money came from the company he sold before founding canonical.

I'm aware his money does not come from Canonical and that he has shoved millions of dollars into the Ubuntu project (not even counting the time he spend on it).
But they are a business, not a charity. If they want to expand and think its profitable, I think its rude to ask this from their users.

...the Ubuntu Edge will dual boot both Ubuntu and Android and will have a 4.5 inch screen, a quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a huge 128 GB of space for internal storage and an eight megapixel rear camera.

O_O

To quote Django Unchained, "Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention." I'm not going to part with $830 right now, but I'll be keeping tabs on this.

Intrinsica said,

O_O

To quote Django Unchained, "Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention." I'm not going to part with $830 right now, but I'll be keeping tabs on this.

I was coming here to comment about why we need yet another phone OS. Then I read that, and now I need one. Not want. I need this.

Nashy said,

...and now I need one. Not want. I need this.

Me too. I got one from the first tier. Anxiously waiting for the 32M number to be reached. And I need this phone now!

Cool! All bugs of your fav linux distro in your phone too!
(I home that they get a working driver for the wifi of that phone ).

+1 for the quote above!

Nikos_GR said,
Cool! All bugs of your fav linux distro in your phone too!
(I home that they get a working driver for the wifi of that phone ).

+1 for the quote above!

Hi, 2005 called

sanctified said,

Hi, 2005 called

Nope, there are still severe driver problems with Linux. Wifi still a big area there. And there's other nags as well of course. It all ads up. The Linux laptop next to me when iMac my gaming desktop rarely gets used, when I do it's to say yes to updates ...

This is a joke I guess since half of my notebook's hardware does not work with the latest Ubundu. Not to mention other distros since Ubundu is the easiest to install as 1-2-3.

After the initial surge of enthusiasm, it's downhill from here.
Good luck to them though. Are there not more than 32 million active users of Ubuntu in the world? If there are, can't everyone chip in a dollar?

You can use Ubuntu and not be interested in funding a stupid phone project. Ok, I still use a 'dumb' phone. Cost me $25 and does what I need it to do: make calls. I'd rather spend my money on other stuff than a $500+ phone.

Spoken from an old fart, 46 years old, compared to most of you guys.

Edited by COKid, Jul 25 2013, 7:00am :

Frankly I think they're going to make the funding at this rate. I have to raise an eyebrow at the sneering cynicism on display here in other discussion threads on this device..

I've no interest in buying one at all but it's hard to argue against the fact that it sounds like a compelling package. People seem to be blinded, as usual, by things like the relatively low resolution screen and camera (which the Ubuntu folks freely admit they made it more modest so that they could beef up other areas) - you need to understand that a lot of folks don't care about having BLEEDING EDGE specification if the device does what they want, and they like it.

My long time Linux using friend very nearly contributed to the funding immediately when he saw they were doing this project despite having a very current gen smart phone - he gets to contribute to a project he believes in, and he gets a mobile device that (if it lives up to the spec) could alter (modernise?) his desktop computing environment quite significantly. Hard to argue with that really.

That doesn't matter. The scale is unimportant if the period is the same. You still have to hit the same statistical benchmarks if you want to succeed.

The cheapest you can buy one now is $725, the sales are going really slow now that the price is higher. Over the past 6hrs ish they have only made $150k. They need to make about $250k in that time. Unless canonical release many thousands of phones at $650 or less they won't make the $32m target and will receive no money at all. This would be humiliating and developers wouldn't want to create apps for an OS that they perceive the public doesn't want.

This is the next big thing. Your PC will be based on your phone, which you would connect to a display (or two), mouse and keyboard. Unplug everything, and it's a phone again. You also wouldn't need to transfer media across multiple platforms all the time.

Remember that many top end phones render games quite well at more than HD resolution (better than some desktop graphics cards). These things are pretty powerful.

Now that Office can be run through a web browser, this may be all I need.

Edited by 68k, Jul 25 2013, 6:23am :

People have said that before but why would you ever want to do that when you can have an installed desktop for not much money and all the data synchronized using dropbox or whatever? What if your phone breaks or you forget it? You just can't do any work that day?

Because he can't carry his desktop around in his/her pocket? And the chances of the phone breaking or someone losing it are far far lower than your computer getting a virus or malware and you losing a whole lot of data. Besides, if your data is stored remotely and you lose your phone, you can get another one and still retrieve everything back. But if your desktop breaks, you are hooped.

Yes, people have said this before, but other tech like fast bandwith with 4G and the push for form over functionality with intuitive UI's that the average Joe can easily use are just becoming commonplace to make it work this time around. A desktop with Winodws is too much hassle for most people's computing needs.

"And the chances of the phone breaking or someone losing it are far far lower than your computer getting a virus or malware and you losing a whole lot of data."

You'll have to back that one up.

"But if your desktop breaks, you are hooped."

Nope, the data is synchronized the same as the phone. I have my dropbox folder on my work desktop, my home desktop, my two laptops, and my phone.

" A desktop with Winodws is too much hassle for most people's computing needs."

Who said it had to be Window, but that's the only one that runs the applications I need for my job.

Syanide said,
iPhone 5 64 GB costs $849, so this is dirt cheap compared to it, not to mention it also serves as a desktop PC.

Sure it serves as a desktop PC. If you never plan to use it for anything desktop pc's or laptops are normally used for.

Most people only donate like $10 or $20, still the average per capita donation is somewhere around $500. And there are a lot of "undisclosed" amount funders. Obviously those are shims used to drive up the sum up, and make it appear like it would be likely to reach the target.

felrefordit said,
Most people only donate like $10 or $20, still the average per capita donation is somewhere around $500. And there are a lot of "undisclosed" amount funders. Obviously those are shims used to drive up the sum up, and make it appear like it would be likely to reach the target.

You mean shills?

But either way I don't discount what you're saying.

$600 to "invest" in a company and your only reward is the device if it gets that far, a fool and his money.

It's not like it's a "fly by night" company. I have no doubt that it will happen if they reach their goal. I just wish I had $600 to put in. You'll easily pay that much for any phone out now and generally more, if not on contract.

Looks like the WP fan club is having a hard time believing someone would pay that much for a Linux phone, when MSFT is taking a $900 write down for the RT.

recursive said,
Looks like the WP fan club is having a hard time believing someone would pay that much for a Linux phone, when MSFT is taking a $900 write down for the RT.
Exactly. And most of these people don't even realize it runs Android too! They only see the word Linux and blindly rage about it. So funny to watch.