My Linux experience seems to match that of Darryl Daugherty (@DarrylDaugherty) who is an IT start-up survivor turned commercial investigator and OSINT operator in Bangkok, Thailand. Like Darryl, with Linux, I spent too much time configuring and patching while never knowing what will break. The Apple is easier to live with–set it up once, harden it, and get to work.
I have been learning how to use the Apple computers for IIR. Thanks to many friends like Darryl who have used them for years, I feel like I am in good hands.
To avoid expensive errors while learning, I’m starting with a refurbished Mini made after 2010. These older models will upgrade to current versions of OS X (El Capitan) and they continue to enjoy Apple Software Updates.
You may ask, why a refurbished machine? The answer is simple, if I buy from Apple, then I get a full warranty on the machine. If I make a horrendous mistake in some security settings and modifications and permanently lock myself out of the machine (like not having the recovery key in FileVault2), then it won’t cost so much to start over.