Open Ballot: Living on the Edge
Those of you that live under rocks in remote corners of the globe may not have heard about the Ubuntu Edge, but the rest of you will probably be pretty familiar with it. The distro maker are trying to use crowdfunding to create an Ubuntu smartphone: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge. The phone sounds impressive with a whopping 4Gb of RAM and 128Gb of storage as well as a top notch screen and CPU.
If there's one thing more ambitious than the phone, it's the funding target. In order for the campaign to be funded, they need to raise $32,000,000 by 21st August. If they miss this target, then they don't get a penny and the phone doesn't get made. This is over three times the record for a successful crowdfunding project.* It's off to an impressive start, though, and raised $2'000'000 in just under eight hours, a crowfunding record. At the point of writing, the Edge has raised over $7'000'000, which is a huge achievement, but still leaves the project with a long way to go it it's ever going to become reality.
So, Our open ballot this fortnight is: do you think the Ubuntu Edge will reach its target? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we'll read them out on Thursday's podcast.
*The pebble watch ($10,266,845). Star Citizen has currently raised almost $15,000,000 but as it hasn't reached its target yet, we're not including it here.