• mate desktop is leightweight
  • easy to use (“start” menu is top left and hopefully will FOREVER stay there)
  • consistent simplified design

hostnamectl; # tested on
 Static hostname: debian12
Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux 12 (bookworm)  
          Kernel: Linux 6.1.0-18-amd64
    Architecture: x86-64

su - root
apt update
# just install the core bare minimum desktop
apt install mate-desktop-environment lightdm
# including office tools + firefox
apt install mate-desktop-environment-extras

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