Re: been saying it for decades... @Matthew 17
Linux I'll grant you but apple most certinally do push their OS on you... I'd be glad to be corrected and pointed in the direction of the Hardware only (without OS) section on apple.com so I can buy a nice laptop to put mint on....
That is the normal laptop section. After all, you don't pay for the OS and default apps, and haven't since (I think) 10.9. However, Apple's support is naturally focused on their own OS so it would be silly for them to encourage you to install something else - that would be your problem, not theirs.
It runs Mint quite well, BTW, I have it in a VirtualBox :)