The great Canonical experiment ended earlier today – the firms efforts to crowdfund the official Ubuntu Phone, and possibly the first Ubuntu Touch device, didn’t hit its lofty $32 million target. While ending on $12.8 million left it well short of the goal, it did break a few crowdfunding records – it’s received the most funds of any Indiegogo project, and was in fact the most funded crowd project ever.
The process of refunds is currently underway, but where does this leave Canonical? As a fixed funding project, they couldn’t just take the money and make up the rest themselves. While we don’t know if this will be the end for the Ubuntu Edge, we do know its brought Ubuntu and Ubuntu Touch into the mainstream spotlight. The publicity alone will help legitimise the platform, and maybe help with any initial sales when the first Ubuntu phone goes on sale next year.
You can read Mark Shuttleworth’s post-project update on the Indiegogo for more details on where things will go from there.