Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge project, on Indiegogo, has already beaten funding records set by previous crowd-funding projects, but it might not be the most successful crowd-funded project in history. That’s because, even though $11.3-million has been funded, the project is still $20.7-million short of reaching its goal.

Averaged out, the project would need just shy of 30 000 people to commit to buying a phone that doesn’t exist yet.

Right now it’s not looking great at all. Unless a mysterious benefactor hops in and saves the day – perhaps Microsoft, because misery Windows Phone loves company, or wunderkind Elon Musk – the open source smartphone to end them all won’t happen, this year.


Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.