Announced by Canonical Ltd. on 22 July 2013, Ubuntu Edge was a proposed “high concept” smartphone. Through, Indiegogo. Canonical sought to crowdfund a production run of approximately 40,000 units through Indiegogo. It had the highest target of any crowdfunded project to date, $32,000,000 over a one-month campaign. The Edge was not intended to go into mass production after the initial run, but rather to serve as a demonstration for new technologies for the industry. The Edge fell short of its funding goal, raising only $12,809,906, with 5682 pledges to purchase the standard model of the handset.
The Edge was designed as a hybrid device, which would function as a high-end smartphone (with both Ubuntu Touch and Android), or—when used with a monitor, keyboard and mouse—be able to operate as a conventional desktop PC running Ubuntu. The Ubuntu Edge was also designed to support dual boot, and was to run along with Android.
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Ubuntu Edge: The superphone that dual-boots Ubuntu and Android – too good to be true? Indiegogo Campaign: http://igg.me/at/ubuntuedge/x/4049572 Mark Shuttlew…
This is an interesting chat by David Cuartielles about open source and the virtues of open source hardware in particular. Mr. Cuartielles David is a microchip engineer from Spain, an Independent Design Professional, and Electronics Laboratory Director at Malmo University, Sweden.
This is a good discussion as to why Windows users have a hard time moving to linux. However, if you are open to new things, then you should listen to this video as linux is as easy to use as Windows and it’s also free. What a concept!
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The newest official platform for phones is Ubuntu for Phones. However, it’s only available now as a developer preview.