Bloomberg is the first large company to buy into an Ubuntu Edge “Enterprise 100 Bundle”. It’s a vote of confidence that comes from the right direction, but probably won’t be enough to help Canonical reach its goal.
Canonical is not on track to hit the lofty $32 million crowdfunding target it set for its smartphone. And telling its Linux-centric fanbase that openness and hackability are not top priorities will not help its cause.
Canonical’s Indiegogo campaign for the highly-specced Ubuntu Edge smartphone was racing ahead while the $600 “perk level” was available, but slowed once it was gone. The company got the message: cheaper tiers are once more on offer.
The Ubuntu firm must now find 40,000 people who are willing to pony up at least $600 up-front for a handset running an as-yet-unproven mobile operating system. Then again, it also runs Android and the specs are outrageous…
Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth has really big, plans to put Ubuntu on your smartphone, on your tablet and (via OpenStack). What he doesn’t offer is details on revenue.
Ubuntu Server is all about virtualization and OpenStack these days, and the new version reflects that. It’s not a long-term support release, but rather a good opportunity to test out new integrations.
Canonical has shown off the tablet UI for the touch-friendly Ubuntu, with many of the features pitched squarely at the corporate market. Whether it succeeds there depends on how Windows 8 fares in the enterprise.
Mark Shuttleworth, a superstar in the open-source world and the force behind Ubuntu Linux, is funding Inktank to the tune of $1 million. DreamHost spun out Inktank last year to help get customers up and running on Ceph open-source storage technology.
Nebula CEO and co-founder Chris Kemp says the OpenStack cloud company will use its new-found money to hire engineers, expand its private beta and build out its new Menlo Park, CA headquarters. Comcast Ventures led the $25 million Series B round.
Canonical will turn Android phones into Ubuntu desktops, which could eliminate the need to carry a laptop. The idea of using a docked phone as a full-fledged desktop computer isn’t new — remember Motorola’s lapdock? — but Canonical is better suited to make the concept work.