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Canonical Bringing Ubuntu to the Edge with Crowdfunding Effort

Canonical is reaching out to its community via crowdfunding site Indiegogo, to raise $32 million in order to build 40,000 Ubuntu Edge devices.

The campaign will last 30-days and backers that contribute $600 today and $830 any day thereafter, will receive a new Ubuntu Edge phone. The Ubuntu Edge will be a dual-boot device with both Android and Ubuntu on it. The device will also be loaded with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of RAM. The device will also include a pure Saphire Crystal screen that will provide more resilience than what most phones provide today.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, said during a conference call that his company is well positioned to engage with the community. After all, that's how Ubuntu Linux is built.

"Crowdfunding connects innovators with early adopters," Shuttleworth said.

"This will be an interesting 30-day process," Shuttleworth said. "If this is successful we think it will completely change the way industry builds innovation and [it will] take its cue from early adopters of technology in much more direct fashion than it does today."

Here is the link for the Indiegogo campaign for Ubuntu Edge.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Canonical Seeks $32 Million in Crowdfunding for Linux Phone

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.