Ah, in that case I understand fully, and agree FULLY, re Apple’s model and why it doesn’t get talked about. I don’t think it’s JUST a case of “selling” (i.e. profit motive). There have been many philanthropists throughout history who had billions and sought to make nothing (or lose money) from their philanthropy. I think the world just lacks that spirit now, we are all about ‘obedience’, whether we know it or not (we being the average masses, not every individual of course).
Anyway, my philosophical soap box aside…
Not sure what SE Linux is, but it’s a great comfort to hear that about Fedora thank you. I don’t seek to test anything! My use basically involves mail and browser, plus some apps here and there but from now on they will only be FOSS ones (at least wherever possible, which I think will be 100% of the time but not certain yet). Example: I used LittleSnitch for years, trying to block the thousands of little connections Apple does ‘to protect me’, while shipping data home about my iPhoto libary (via photolibraryd or whatever), as well as to block nefarious connections from other apps (mostly OS based though).
I can feel better about Linux (generally) and especially Fedora as it won’t be TRYING to screw with my 5hit so often, if at all, hopefully the latter! But I may look for a FOSS replacement for LittleSnitch, as I do like to see what’s going in/out over the network, but I am hoping to obsess less about this in future (the thousands of hours I have spent tearing hair out over Mac OS doing ‘stuff’ i don’t like, for no apparent reason, like icloud crap when I have all that turned off from the day they invented it!). I also use Carbon Copy Cloner and other paid apps, which I will look forward to never buying again, and hopefully can use Deja Dup or a few others I have heard about.
I use Brave after leaving Firefox a year or two ago, mainly for the reduced ‘fingerprint’ of extensions i was using to protect my privacy (ublock, adguard, decentraleyes, invidition (love that!) and several others). I like the privacy built in, meaning fewer plugins (i now have only one, Bitwarden, which is pretty essential for my thousands of logins built up over the years and my desire to ensure all are secure and different from any other!)
I don’t do a whole lot more. Email - hoping to try out Geary, I have used Thunderbird but would like to try something outside the Mozilla set first, can always fall back to Thunderbird if needed.
I used to use a lot of apps (web design and SEO type stuff) but these days so many are web-based (which I used to hate, but now like, fewer apps on machine can only be a good thing!) so my use of the machine is heavy, but not in technical terms, just in man hours terms
Thanks again for your input, much appreciated.