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Question for our resident "tech"nocrats...

I use MS Office (primarily Excel) for work and consider myself to be a pretty advanced user of Excel. I used to consider myself computer proficient, but I've found that somehow over the past several generations of operating systems in trying to simplify the user experience, manufacturers have degraded their product and made the "back end" far more difficult in the process.
That in mind, I have two questions:
1) If you grew up on Excel (with all it's keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks) and require this application for work, does Linux make sense?
2) If you stopped "learning" computers in the 1990s because there was virtually no computer problem you couldn't solve, but find yourself increasingly inept today, is it even worth trying to switch to Linux?
Ultimately, I want to buy and assemble a machine and install everything myself to minimize how much I am being monitored by TPTB.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!