How does launching a smartphone OS with the exact same philosophy constitute "being corrupted by its own success."?
Ubuntu for phones does come with a predefined interface, which many people may like. If they give you access to a real package manager (they've said it will not initially ship with a phone Software Center) what would be stopping you from changing your user experience?
Second 1: Learn Ruby
Second 2: Create a service that allows people to post and view super-abbreviated blog posts
Second 3: Rewrite service in Scala so it doesn't crash all the time
Second 4: Buy a video service, integrate with your existing service
Second 5: Limit videos to six seconds
Second 6: ?????
If anything, pushing for 2560x1440 would be more attainable.
This project is more trying to be what Sabayon is for Gentoo. They're keeping compatibility and streamlining the install experience.