For what it's worth, Elementary OS is pay what you want (I paid $20, and $10/mo for early builds) and doesn't have plans for ads in any of their software like this. Or any operating system that respects its users. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-is-testing-ads-in-the-windows-11-file-explorer/
A big thank you to everyone who's helped me reach my current fundraiser for support. I couldn't have done this without y'all.