Canonical's smartphone-come-computer project, the Ubuntu Edge, has passed last year's Pebble smartwatch as the largest ever crowdfunded campaign, with $10.3m (£6.6m) in pledges received.
However, the project's lofty goals look likely to be its demise with just six days to go, as the record-breaking total is still less than a third of the $32m target - the total which must be met in order for the Edge to get any funding at all.
In a bid to appease smaller enterprise users and try to boost funding, Canonical has added a new backing option, with pledgers now able to order an "enterprise starter kit". Priced $7,000, the kit includes 10 Edge devices, access to an online workshop and 14 days of online support for CIOs and IT managers.
The Edge, which costs $695 (£444) for a single unit, is intended to bridge the gap between mobile phones and desktop computers with dual-boots to both Android and Ubuntu's mobile OS. In addition, the device can be plugged into a desktop monitor and can be booted into Ubuntu's full desktop operating system.
Earlier this week, founder of Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth implied that even if the project fails to meet its funding target, the Edge has still made an impact on the smartphone industry: "Whatever happens in the next nine days, the Ubuntu Edge is already making a difference," he wrote.
"This campaign lets enthusiast consumers signal their interest to a mobile industry that caters overwhelmingly to the mainstream. It's making it clear that we're no longer satisfied with minor updates; we're looking for true innovation and we're ready to pay for it. And that message is getting through."
The Edge's price has dropped from its original listing of $775 following major backing from financial news firm Bloomberg, which pledged $80,000 for 100 devices last week. The campaign finishes at midnight 21 August, at which point the Edge will either receive in excess of $32m, or nothing at all.
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