It’s an interesting idea. How would people respond to being introduced to open source software and the platform that runs it so well, desktop Linux? It’s an interesting experiment that is fully explored here in this article.
I think it might be fascinating to see how some might really hate the idea of not using something familiar, while others still find the idea the idea of trying out Linux to be a real opportunity to discover something new.
Speaking for myself, when I have demonstrated the idea to people, most are dumbfounded by the idea of something this free, this complete, being available at no cost whatsoever. Offering such a thing in a mall setting, perhaps with a kiosk, might very well yield some mind blowing results.