Ubuntu Edge Crosses $3.1M In Its First Day
Phoronix: Ubuntu Edge Crosses $3.1M In Its First Day
Less than 24 hours ago there was the start of Canonical's crowd-funding campaign for Ubuntu Edge. In the next month the Ubuntu Linux makers want to produce a high-end smart-phone running Ubuntu Phone OS, but in order to do so they need 32 million USD. In the first day they are off to a good start and have made more than three million dollars...
What an absolute waste of money. Canonical is a for-profit corporation. They should fund it.
A good start indeed! But still a loooong way off from 32Million... Progress: 9.6%
You mean to say they should give everyone free phones ?
Originally Posted by Marc Driftmeyer
Last edited by Caledar; 07-23-2013 at 12:45 AM.
Right on, I can't wait to buy an Ubuntu phone that can dock onto a monitor & keyboard/mouse. Would be great to replace my netbook + cell phone into one converged device.
I'm still going to use Debian or Arch for my main workstation, but this would be great for my other uses!
Are these pre-orders for the phone?
Originally Posted by Caledar
I think canonical should partner with guys like Oppo and let them use an existing phone to put ubuntu on.
No, he means that the ones funding it must be actual investors, i.e., people getting a percentage of the profits it's supposed to generate. The way it is, you are buying vapor, and they might get your money in exchange of nothing if they don't get enough to fund development. IndieGoGo takes the payment in advance, and just asks for a bigger commission if the money is not as much as asked initially. And I kind of agree with him, since you run the risk of being an investor (if the project fails, who will give you your money back?) without the benefit of being so (none of the prizes say "you will have a x% of the profit we get from the phones"), except from a small discount. Heck, if this even goes to carriers, I'll probably buy one at half the price the backers paid or less, with the condition of keeping the same company for a year (at least, it works that way in my country), which I never changed in my life.
Originally Posted by Caledar
Even when I don't really like Mir (I have had no reasons to like it yet, and I can see drawbacks in having an extra display server), I hope this works, not for Canonical, not for the Linux desktop, but because of all the people who will lose money if this fails.
Is it supposed to use a dock? I agree dockable phones are great. I wonder why Motorola canceled Webtop.
Originally Posted by enfocomp
When paying 600 or more (830 if you didn't yet), they "promise" that if the phone gets to exist (usually, it depends on getting enough funding) you will receive one, so yes, it's *kind of* a pre-order. Not really, because it's more like a bet you make on it succeeding.
Originally Posted by Ferdinand
My take: good luck. Making a hardware is extremely challenging.
Some comments from LWN.net:
Originally Posted by martin.langhoff
Originally Posted by jhhaller