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Its cool that you want to spread Debian, but its really a people issue than a linux issue. Some people don’t like change and I imagine that the person are just happy to use Windows as that’s what they are used to. But don’t get deterred! Show them how amazing Debian can be!

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Here, I saw more successful GNOME vanilla design than the rest in home and with some know people.

Mostly in non-tech people. It takes a little time to work without the “Desktop” in mind but they finish finding it handy to work. They even try shortcuts that they never tested on Windows.

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Try installing KDE. It is not much more resource heavy than default xfce these days and much friendlier to windows users.

As for Word alternatives, try the OnlyOffice desktop editors. They are pretty close to MS word with ribbon interface. But they are basically a electron app, so performace might not be so good.

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OnlyOffice could take so much resources for this case. I still want to know the kind of computers they own.

In my case, most of the environments I configure run Intel Celeron from 2013 and 4 GB of RAM. That works well with GNOME and similar.

In more limited cases then I run XFCE and customize it to the user.

BTW, KDE can run perfectly with Firefox and LibreOffice opened in Devuan with 1 GB of RAM and being still smooth.

I tested the version available with Devuan Beowulf (Debian Buster) but didn’t try with Debian directly. I also used x86_32 builds of the OS and didn’t test the x86_64 variant.

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The computer in which I tested KDE used a Pentium D low-end processor. DDR2 RAM memory. It used 2 GB in the begining, but a module got broken so I tested it with just a module of 1 GB of RAM.

For GNOME, I would recommend 3 GB of RAM for use in offices and Intel Celeron N2xxx which is the lowest hardware I tested in both builds (x86_32 and x86_64). Well, I tested it too with 2 GB of RAM but using 32 bits builds.

My specs are a bit low low-end

Don’t worry at all about this. At least in my case, you can trust I use to test it in low-end hardware as I don’t see necessary more for most people. I even finished SysAdmin vocational training course (well, I need to do the practices in a real company yet) with similar similar specs but increasing RAM to 8 GB for several VMs and finishing using no more than 4 GB in general (and most of my classmates suffering with 8th Gen i5 processors and 16 GB of RAM).

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Contrary to Gnome (which has only gotten AFAIK heavier), KDE has put a lot of effort into becoming more lightweight as part of the efforts to make it run on Smartphones (Plasma Mobile).

You could try to run Collabora Office remotely on a faster server and let people use it in a browser. The UI is a bit more simple than regular LibreOffice which Collabora Office uses internally on the server. But I would try OnlyOffice first (which has the option to run locally or on a server).

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