Yes, we could use a Christmas tree light timer hooked up to a switch or something like that but I want something more elegant.
In looking for something elegant you are going to make it more complex and increase the probability that it will fail.
Linux can do everything for free and better
So will it install itself / configure itself / update itself / teach end users how to use it all without any interaction from a human?
I guess I can fire my IT staff and contact this Linux thingamajig and get started right away all for free no cost to my company...
With all that user data it would seem rather logical as the next step.
Android/Linux succeeded with non-technical people
Seriously, you think that the majority of Android phone users know it is built upon Linux? You give these people more credit than I would. It succeeded due to the Fisher Price interface of current smartphones.
Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages
Being the poor sap that has to open up all those links and read the contents. You would think that they could automate it somehow, so they didn't have to read the chat message and then click on the link...
I just had a brilliant idea, a headless browser... I'll make millions...
People were singing the praise when Google was doing the same thing and look how that turned out. Unless Mozilla or whoever is backing this endeavor can be like Apple and make/distribute their own hardware along with control the underlying OS and how it is bundled with the hardware it will fall the same way as Google did. Telco providers will just implement their own draconian limits on the device (with regards to updates/services) and you all will be no better than you were before.
Digital restrictions management (DRM) creates damaged goods that users cannot control or use freely
The last movie I watched via XBox Video probably had DRM up the ying-yang but it seemed to work ok, what damage are you talking about?
You can install Linux on Android.
Wow I read that and just realized that the growing number of Android users are just as clueless as the majority of Windows users now...
But then that's what Google wants in it's users, lambs that will follow it and keep on thinking "do no evil". That is what the ecosystem business model has become.
Personally I have a dash cam in my car ever since some a-hole tried to run me off the road when I would not let him in to the line of traffic because he used the shoulder (against the law here) to get to the front of the line. I wish they would offer that kind of discount here.