Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign.
At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a dubious record for a high-profile campaign that failed to meet its target.
Canonical, the UK-based company, which is also the company behind Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution for desktop and server computers, set a target of US$32 million. At this stage in the campaign and with close to US$20 million to go, the prospects of meeting that target looks slim, unless some big-pocket backers step forward.
But if they haven’t come out before now, fugetaboutit!
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