So the Ubuntu Edge campaign is mere hours from closure and baring an Arab sheik or Russian billionaire going keyboard crazy it looks like this ambitious funding project is doomed not to meet its mark. From the outset there were many doomsayers on all social media platforms stating how Canonical would fall far short of their lofty goals, although to be fair some were judging not with relish but rather with a practical head. One even suggested a ceiling of eleven million so he read the situation a lot better than I.
Given my background it will come as no surprise that I was desperate for this super phone to be built and the project to come to fruition, but sadly it is not to be. I was never in a position to pledge for a device but that never dampened my enthusiasm, for me seeing the device at some point and riding on the software coattails would have been enough.
Canonical stated right from the start that failure to meet target would have zero impact on Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu for Android, that the plans were still in place t release standard handsets with partners worldwide. Ubuntu Edge was only ever a practical attempt to show the willingness of tech enthusiasts to get involved with and purchase a high end concept developer device to help push the industry forward.
There have been many posts over the last week or so giving reason why despite failing to hit target the campaign will still be a success for Canonical. All that remains to be seen and rather than me giving my tuppence worth on it I will let yourselves and time draw your own conclusions. What I do know is I am sad to see the dream die.