We all need to buy ourselves some nice new computers don't we? (Me included, I'm still keeping 2 ppc macs running) thing is I've lost the love for apple. They used to be such a better company than they are now. I'm finding a lot of things going that way. Google are slowly becoming evil too.
Problem is I really dislike windows and I'm unsure I have the brain to scratch build a linux box.
Google went full-on evil years ago.. and Apple.. well, the wrong path began there way back when Jobs eff'd Woz over..
If you go with a good distribution, Linux is pretty user-friendly these days.. what precisely do you mean by "scratch build a linux box"? Building from parts, or just the installation and setting up?
(And you can always just nuke OSX and install Linux on one of your Macs..
dual-booting them is a PITA, but a straight over-write is easy)