I fully support what /e/ is doing but the /e/ name has made it difficult for me to share and introduce the concept to other people. I am delighted there will be a new name for /e/, but also sad that it was necessary to change the name in the first place.
Also, the “.foundation” domain is very unusual for people, it is not a common domain, and therefore people feel uncomfortable/hesitant about it. Then there is ecloud.global, totally different from “.foundation”, and equally uncommon for people.
People are simple creatures. People like their “.coms”.
People are also INCREDIBLY lazy, everything needs to be easy or else they won’t bother, even if it means their data, and that of their children and family, is being saved, analyzed, and used to manipulate them and society. It is sad but the truth.
/e/ MUST become really really really easy to adopt or else it won’t get further than a core group of tech-enthusiasts that have the self-respect, time, and, energy, not to tolerate google and their ilk.
My personal opinion (granted I have zero experience launching a mobile OS) is that /e/ would find greater adoption if it focused on performing 100% flawlessly on 2 or 3 mobile devices rather than trying to be usable on over 140 devices.
At the moment the forum is full of bugs/troubles people are finding on different phones, and even some people giving up. If /e/ worked perfectly on just a few devices it would be really easy for non-techie-people (i.e. the mass market) to switch over.
If I could hand a friend a phone and say “hey, this will be exactly like your old phone, but you wont be tracked” they would be interested. If I said, “hey, this will be exactly like your old phone, but you wont be tracked, but you will also have to work out a bunch of technical stuff every week” there is zero chance they would be interested.