Ubuntu Edge crowdsourced campaign fails to reach $32 million goal

An effort to raise $32 million to develop and release a Ubuntu smartphone had ended far short of its goal. A few hours ago, the Indiegogo website stopped the crowded source campaign for Canonical's Ubuntu Edge smartphone as planned 30 days from its start. In the end, the effort raised $12,809,906, or less than half of its stated goal.

In an update on the Indiegogo page, the team at Canonical points out that the campaign for the Ubuntu Edge still set the record for the most ever money raised for a fixed crowd sourced campaign. Indeed, the update was highly upbeat considering that in the end the campaign fell well short of its mark.

The update also hints strongly that Canonical might launch a similar campaign in the future, taking into account the lessons learned from this first failed attempt (we would suggest a slightly more attainable goal, but that's just us). The message added:

All of the support and publicity has continued to drive our discussions with some major manufacturers, and we have many of the world’s biggest mobile networks already signed up to the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. They’ll have been watching this global discussion of Ubuntu and the need for innovation very closely indeed. Watch this space!

While Canonical's own Ubuntu smartphone device may not be released anytime soon, today's message hinted that other hardware makers will launch their own phones with the Ubuntu Linux OS sometime in 2014.

Source: Indiegogo | Image via Canonical

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I do.
I think they have put this plan as a wild guess it 'd succeed.If not, Plan A: do it with the carriers or even canonical itself.
But it is coming, man

Spot on. I donate to non-profits, not to established for-profit companies like Canonical. Heck, Shuttleworth is worth over 500 million bucks. He couldn't contribute any of that?

No risk. All the rewards. The perfect business model for the 21st century.

I'd have loved to have seen this come to fruition, as I think that Ubuntu has a lot of potential on phones, and the specs the phone was touting were pretty stellar. I think $32 million was vastly overreaching though. It was enormously higher than any other crowdsource campaign in history, and AFAIK, there was no monetary commitment from Canonical towards the project, instead opting for potential customers to stump up in advance for a project that might end up failing.

I really hope they don't give up though. If they can get an OEM on board, Ubuntu Phone could be great.

Majesticmerc said,
I'd have loved to have seen this come to fruition, as I think that Ubuntu has a lot of potential on phones, and the specs the phone was touting were pretty stellar. I think $32 million was vastly overreaching though. It was enormously higher than any other crowdsource campaign in history, and AFAIK, there was no monetary commitment from Canonical towards the project, instead opting for potential customers to stump up in advance for a project that might end up failing.

I really hope they don't give up though. If they can get an OEM on board, Ubuntu Phone could be great.

Totally agree. I think the project had tremendous potential! Fingers crossed they can try get this back off the ground and try again.

djdanster said,
Eh Android?


Android is based on Linux but isn't Linux, as Linux people like to point out. Though when it suits the, the will suddenly use android as example of Linux being a success....

HawkMan said,

Android is based on Linux but isn't Linux, as Linux people like to point out. Though when it suits the, the will suddenly use android as example of Linux being a success....

Android is Linux is same way as any embedded OS running a Linux kernel (like TiVo) is Linux too.

The question is not if Android is Linux, but rather if Android being Linux is in any way relevant to whatever point you might be trying to make.

ichi said,

Android is Linux is same way as any embedded OS running a Linux kernel (like TiVo) is Linux too.

The question is not if Android is Linux, but rather if Android being Linux is in any way relevant to whatever point you might be trying to make.

The point that the Linux group itself says android is NOT Linux. It has it roots from Linux, up is not Linux.

HawkMan said,

The point that the Linux group itself says android is NOT Linux. It has it roots from Linux, up is not Linux.

Who is that "Linux group"?

May be because most blogs sites never cared to market this crowdsource and instead, they promote other lousy projects.

Brony said,
May be because most blogs sites never cared to market this crowdsource and instead, they promote other lousy projects.

Actually the math was against them all along. It didn't matter how much they advertised it, $32 million in 30 days was a herculean task. 60 days and it might have happened.

Now way they will ever crowd source 32 million ever no matter what they do. They really need to evaluate the cost and adjust it cause they will never reach that goal