Recently, the Ubuntu world witnessed what I would call a dark day in the beautiful Ubuntu universe, a black day when a group from Canonical (not the whole company or Mark Shuttleworth,--present at the OpenStack conference in Hong Kong--) tried to do what leaders, politicians, priests have been doing from the beginning of time: blocking a different opinion.
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Less than 24 hours ago, Ubuntu Edge finished its Indiegogo campaign failing to reach the complete $32,000,000, yet, clearly proving itself as a colossal success on all levels: funders, supporters, attracted millions of dollars, interest from media and an overall pool of attention across all corners of the web.
But, what is the cause or what are the causes behind Edge's financial failure?
More than $8,000,000 have been attracted until now by Ubuntu Edge's Indiegogo funding campaign, while there are still 17 days left until the campaign reaches its end.
Almost 18,000 funders prove that Ubuntu is a force, prove that Ubuntu Edge has the capacity of attracting thousands of interested funders and millions of dollars in a matter of days.
While Canonical has already created interesting fruitful perk levels, perhaps the funding campaign may be helped by other perk types, too.
What happened was more than $1,000,000 gained in a matter of hours, exciting gain paired with a massive attention from media and thousands and thousands of funders.
Ubuntu is a powerful, solid, secure and reliable operating system used by millions and millions of users from across the world.
Ubuntu offers numerous and numerous features, polished interface and functionalities, overall offered software created, developed and maintained with millions and millions of dollars.
Personally, when the situation allows it, I am quite interested to contribute to Ubuntu, especially if I have the chance to submit money to Ubuntu and Canonical.
We are living, aren't we, in a world where money has an important role, financial items necessary for food, clothes, bills, projects, etc.
As we can all see, Ubuntu Software Center contains thousands of applications.
Launchpad, via its PPAs, contains thousands and thousands of applications.
A solid fact is that Ubuntu is growing, continuing daily to add more and more users, thus enlarging its user base, base measured (according to various official statements) around 20 million users.
Months ago, Mark Shuttleworth announced a bold plan, stating that Ubuntu is to gather 200 million users in the next years.
The main question is: what are the "things" that prevent users to immediately adopt Ubuntu as their main operating system?
Since the beginning of Unity, there were (and still are) various complaints about Ubuntu's adoption of the new shell, complaints oriented towards aspects like "I don't like the change in general", "What about the GNOME 2,x?" and many more, nevertheless, the "big" vocal complaint was related to its overall design, meaning various users across the internets disagreed with how its components are displayed on the desktop.
We are Ubuntu users, aren't we, and, when looking at Mark Shuttleworth's statement: "Our goal is 200 million users in the next years", one wonders:Is this possible?, and, if "Yes", what should we look at when we calculate the possibilities of success.
First, Natty Narwhal introduced Unity shell on both desktops and laptops, and, although, it hasn't had a wonderful welcoming, the adoption among users is warming, approach generated by , among others, an opening of Unity in terms of customization, speed, accessibility.