Okay to bring this back on topic. The reason I said all the above, is because I see the cloud hosting crap as a similar problem.
I think really we’re stuck with them and their vendor locked, restricted, marketplace centric platforms. But we can minimize the lockin we use.
Make sure you only use VM’s. Don’t use any of their cloud databases, build, pipelines, kubernetes, containers, etc. Just use, simple, basic, abundant virtual machines that can be portable to other cloud companies.
Yeah I get your dilemma James. I have almost the same one. I hate how Intel and AMD chips have built in backdoors  that Intel/AMD can take control of your machine without you knowing/agreeing. But it’s impossible to find a laptop/machine that doesn’t use Intel. There are a few ARM chromebooks, but they’re really not good enough for a daily driver.
Apple managed to escape by using their own ARM mobile chips in the M1/M2 laptops. But the problem is Apple still create’s a walled garden they can take over without your knowledge at any time. So we’re back to square one.
I’ve had to suck it up, stick with this stupid Intel processor, but I’m on a system76 2 which uses coreboot , which at least frees me from the UEFI  firmware mess (which is Microsoft’s control over what OS you can boot).
Oh wow, maximum message length? Annoying.