There are at least two threads currently running here in the forum and uncountable conversations happening in the internet concerning a deep dissatisfaction from Windows users as regards the latest iteration of the product, less directed at performance and abilities and more directed at ever increasing encroachment upon personal privacy. On the other side of the coin, Mac users (like me) are still wary after the atrocious hiccup that was OSX Yosemite (the first OS to be released after Steve Jobs), and the latest move on the part of Apple to hard-solder some of their machines so that trying to upgrade memory - while still do-able - is much more of a faff than most people are willing to put up with. And in the case of Macs, OS and hardware are inextricably linked. What's the alternative for someone who isn't IT savvy? Is there one? I've looked at putting together a Linux machine more than once over the years, if only to give a second life to machines that have aged into the upper shelf of my closet. Every time I do, I realize that it required more knowledge than I have or am likely to ever want to acquire. Is there a plug-&-play Linux solution? Is there a viable different alternative? It would seem to me that the moment is ripe for someone to create an alternative that can be used by the average Joe. Thoughts?