This will be "a new class of device which brings forward what we see as the inevitable convergence of the phone and the PC," aimed primarily at enterprises and enthusiasts — "people like us," said Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth.
Canonical is using Indiegogo in hopes of raising $32 million over 30 days that will finance a limited production run of 40,000 phones.
Shuttleworth said the plan to build only tens of thousands of phones (rather than a mass market device) will afford easier access to the most advanced components.
Preliminary specs for the Ubuntu Edge include a multi-core processor with at least 4GB of [...]
Shuttleworth was speaking to ZDNet ahead of the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Florida and said that the first version of the OS to work across various form factors will be the Ubuntu 14.04, set for release in April 2014.
"We want a consistent platform with a tightly structured user experience”, said Shuttleworth. "Ubuntu is already working with hardware partners to bring products to market. As progress is made Ubuntu will take the device-specific code, open source it, and roll it into standard Ubuntu”.
Ubuntu will run on both x86- and ARM-based systems and is expected to feature the new Unity user interface.
Each different form factor will [...]