None of the copy makes sense.
That's a fair point, it is a bit confusing. It used to be called, 'Codename Prometheus' which has a bit of a better write up.
More power to them, but this seems to fall into this category: http://xkcd.com/927/
Massively respect Aral Balkan, his talks are top notch and his principles and mission are to be admired.
I look forward to seeing what this is all about as it develops, right now it's too early to have anything other than healthy skepticism, but as with his previous projects you can guarantee dedication and original thinking will be applied in bulk.
As an aside I'm not keen on the font nor the 3D rocket.
I saw this guy introduce this at Handheld conf — I think concerns over privacy are too niche to make this a viable project unless it can offer anything else beyond that. Taking on Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook all at once is pretty ballsy though — good luck with that!
Totally agree with the viability part. Additionally, I'm about 99.9% certain that it's not possible to just "crowdfund" a new OS, no matter what.
It might be possible to build a privacy-enhanced version of Android or Firefox OS. (Assuming that Firefox OS somehow "gives away your data" — I don't think that's the case.) If they have the resources to develop an OS, why not dedicate all that to helping an actually existing platform?
If this project goes forward, we'll see a large number of people giving money for a project that will take years to develop, and in the end will be extremely underwhelming.
Oh great, not another new OS trying to be the next big alternative to iOS and Android..