Thank you. The comment about ME actually brought a smile to my face.
Actually there are a few options available for free to re-instate the "Start Orb" This Welcome to Classic Shell being one of the more popular.
But overall it seems that people either love it or hate it and I think we can safely place you in the latter column. My four year old grand daughter would be in the former.
Here's wishing you the best with Linux there are many exceptional options that for the most part, will provide an excellent experience
I don't think this will be the last of this type of reaction to the new Operating System.