In a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything this week Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth discussed which parts of the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone may be open source. He also explained why the company is crowdfunding the $32 million project and what benefits early backers will see, including the ability to vote on next-generation specs. Money raised on IndieGogo will be used to bring the Ubuntu Edge to market, he said.
"Software is covered by our existing efforts to bring Ubuntu to mobile, nothing more needed there," Shuttleworth said in the AMA.
If the crowdfunding experiment fails, he said, Canonical will focus its mobile efforts on other commercially available handsets instead of producing its own.
Read more at Reddit.
InfoWorld also summarizes the entire AMA in a blog post.