The Crowdfunded Dream: Ubuntu Edge

Ubuntu's homepage 4-days ago

Ubuntu’s homepage 5-days ago

Every army needs that seemingly hot headed “cowboy” who is not deterred by danger, risk and competition. He is the soldier you send to the top of the mountain so as to check if the coast is clear before you decide to engage in battle. He is the visionary. The brave one. The revolutionary soldier.

After a whole week of speculation about the sudden 4-day countdown found on the Ubuntu website on Thursday we were finally appeased as to what this “line where two surfaces meet” thing was all about.

The Ubuntu Edge project.

This project is an Indiegogo crowdfunded smartphone prototype that runs on the Ubuntu mobile OS (Linux based operating system). An OS that we were introduced to at the beginning of the year, the most evolutionary aspect about this OS was that you could shift into the desktop OS as soon as you attached the device to a monitor. Right afterwards (a month later), they announced the tablet version of essentially the same OS except it was designed specifically for tablets. Although Canonical had a great idea in mind, the OS was still a bit rough around the edges. Luckily, Hope was restored to Canonical when they announced that Ubuntu Touch would be stable by the end of May.

They then promised to ship some hardware by October. Yesterday, we saw the fruits (or seeds?) of that promise take form.

Take Revolutionary Form, at that.

edge-1

According to the Indiegogo page, the device is said to pack:

  • The Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm
Dual boot Ubuntu and Android

Dual boot Ubuntu and Android

The big feature that I actually believe qualifies this device as a revolutionary stepping stone, is the new dual-booting ability of the device. The smartphone (yes, let’s not forget that this is merely a phone) can dual-boot to the Ubuntu Touch OS and/or the popular Android OS. And let’s not forget that once you plug in that monitor- that means you have a full on dual-bootable OpenSource Linux PC! With the engine specs listed above- it would be a pretty powerful PC too.

I think that Canonical needs to be given praise not just for becoming our fire-runner but also for their impeccable commitment and work ethic. I mean how efficient are these guys???

In 7-months they gave us: a new mobile operating system highly distinguished from those in its class; they then furthered this innovation by leaping this OS to the tablet market and then brought a revolutionary piece of hardware which could maybe even replace the Laptop?

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