Thanks to all of you for your insights. I have to agree that learning a new system is not in the cards for me...........this old dog is getting too old to learn too many new tricks. I will agree that the linux os seems to have a lot of potential and can be refined for guys like me. I just wish that it could be brought down to a level that is understandable for the average windows and mac user.
All of this said, I have a question about a mac. I had one years ago and as I remember, it seems that vmware had the ability to operate a windows environment for my windows based programs. Is that still true today? I'm guessing that they're may have been improvements since?
As others have stated, I'm not looking forward to moving from 7 to 10.
When I was on Mac, I did use VMWare a lot to run SkyTools and a couple other Windows only pieces of astro-software. SkyTools runs quite well, but... a word of caution here if you're considering this... ASCOM would not run under VMWare for me, nor could I find anyway to trick SkyTools to recognize and connect to my scope using INDI or anything else other than ASCOM. I suspect most astro-software that is Windows only will be like this. So if you want to use the system to run a scope, you're going to have to purchase and convert to Mac (or Linux) astro-software.