>We build desirable, open source, privacy-enabled smartphone operating systems.
No, the LineageOS team builds them, then you rebrand them. If you want to actually make a difference, contribute your changes directly to the LineageOS trees. Device support is paramount for custom ROMs and LineageOS already has an amazing amount of devices. All this will do is fragment the ecosystem.
>default email client (forked from K9-mail)
Please no. Just contribute to K9 directly. I get that you want to brand it to fit with your whole scheme, but you have the ability to actually improve the open source Android ecosystem.
>application repository: an independent alternative place where you will be able to choose from thousands of applications, including all well-known applications
FDroid. You're describing FDroid. Again, there is a good application out their already, why would you make your own? Oh, it's so you can add "an original mechanism for users to score applications". Why can't you add that to FDroid and help everyone out?
My main criticism boils down to this: why reinvent the wheel?
The privacy orientation of LineageOS only goes so far. Yes, you can opt for Opengapps (that name...) or run your Android device without it but then you're stuck with F-Droid. LineageOS does not include microG; if you want LOS+microG you need that fork 
> Please no. Just contribute to K9 directly. I get that you want to brand it to fit with your whole scheme, but you have the ability to actually improve the open source Android ecosystem.
pEp is also a K-9 fork, with material design and opportunistic encryption.
Not that I disagree w/your points though. This unnecessary fragmentation of forks is harmful. Librem 5 and Sailfish are two interesting ecosystems which are unique though.
"Duval’s team made use of LineageOS ... [which] doesn’t ship with any Google apps ... To counter that, Eelo will come preloaded with a handful of services you would need out of the box such as an email client, a productivity suite for accessing documents, spreadsheets, a search engine that won’t track its users, and more. The one application which is being a bottleneck for Eelo’s potential success is navigation ...
Eelo will have a repository of both open-source as well as other Android apps. To ensure users don’t install one of the latter and ruin the purpose of using a privacy-focused operating system, each app in Eelo’s store will have a security score. Through that users can be more informed about how well a particular app treats personal data and based on that, decide whether they’d want to install it."
For real time navigation, Waze type solution could work -- aggregation of real time data from users. Also, smart city projects
have open traffic data APIs, although not sure wether there is something properly real time, or it something like hourly aggregates.
So that would be still a giant project, but data does not seem to be the bottleneck.
This seems like exactly the kind of thing that users who opt specifically for a privacy conscious OS are not going to readily share
Secondly, and this is really a different issue and perhaps not that widespread, I don't like turning on location on my devices simply because it reduces battery life. It's not a privacy issue but it's another roadblock (pun not intended) to gathering navigation data
The main thing an OS like this needs is the a ability for it's users to run their own "cloud" infrastructure and attach that to their own phone.
Company can offer this as a SAAS service paid, providing they to proper end to end encryption and are not able to read the data they store. Also a good way to fund future development.
It's also a meaningless observation, btw, since the first-order bit of such things is randomness.
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Purism is next in line.
I really hope they succeed but the track record for these things is amazingly bad, the forces they are up against are not small.
A full FOSS/FOSH phone is new territory. They're still allowing pre-orders on their website if interested.
I'm hopeful that it will be a good Linux phone when production is done in January.
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Apart from commercial competitors, I'd imagine a few natsec types would probably try to rustle feathers, they certainly have past form in this field.
Frankly, he won't ever be in my web of trust. I'm not going to trust my critical infrastructure to him.
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The first task they start with?
Write a new launcher, of course!
To see such poor UX on the website of someone developing an OS is a red flag for me.
I even have to do this to others as part of my latest project. I apologize, I have fought it and failed, and now I have no choice
Anyway, given that this is not the case, the designers should have chosen a well-maintained library of UI components.
That sums up the situation pretty well.