Ubuntu Linux, Edge, Desktop and the Wearable Computing Future
VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, talks about what he learned in 2013 from crowdfunding and the wearable computing future.One of most noteworthy open-source stories of 2013 was the audacious attempt by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, to crowdfund $32 million in 30 days to fund a next-generation Linux phone. It's an effort that did not reach its target. In a video interview with eWEEK, Shuttleworth described the Ubuntu Edge campaign as a "glorious defeat," but it's not the end of the road for Ubuntu's phone efforts. Though Shuttleworth was unable to raise $32 million in 30 days, the Ubuntu Edge campaign was able to raise $12.8 million, which is a non-trivial amount for a crowdfunding effort of any type. He pledged that his company was continuing to push forward in its efforts to build the best converged operating system for developers. In response to a question from eWEEK, Shuttleworth said that a crowdfunding campaign to fund an Ubuntu Linux notebook, akin to Google's Chromebook, isn't likely in the cards.
Shuttleworth also addressed the issue of how Ubuntu Linux will help enable the nascent world of wearable computing devices. He shot down the idea, however, that an Ubuntu Glass-type device is in the works from his company.