Ubuntu Edge campaign picks up an enterprise backer in Bloomberg

Summary:As Ubuntu's crowdfunding campaign barely reaches over a quarter of its funding goal, the fund finally sells an enterprise perk.

The Ubuntu Edge crowdfuning campaign looks set to fail , but that hasn't stopped Bloomberg from jumping onto the fund and becoming the first "Enterprise 100" backer.

For US$80,000, the company will receive 100 Ubuntu Edge smartphones, 30 days of online support, and access to "best-practice workshops".

"Bloomberg supports open innovation and initiatives, such as Ubuntu Edge, that align with our software development and business priorities," said Shawn Edwards, Bloomberg chief technology officer in a funding update.

"With this investment, Bloomberg developers will contribute to an open technology initiative that could benefit our clients and have a powerful impact on the future of mobile computing."

The fund to create a smartphone that dual boots into Android, Ubuntu Phone OS, and Ubuntu desktop raised US$2 million in its first eight hours, but has, in the last couple of weeks, only raised a further US$6.4 million.

The final funding target for the device is US$32 million. If that amount is not raised, the project will not proceed.

Topics: Ubuntu, Android, Enterprise Software, Linux

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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