@tindall No. Well it depends. Web browsers are the same, email is largely the same, and if somebody doesn't have special needs in word processing Libre Office is a good tool. And we have good photo editors.
I could convert my mom's machine from Windows Xp to Linux (various distro) with KDE back in the day. And she was very comfortable with it, rarely complained. She even used both KDE 3 and 4. Never showed her Gnome, because it was (and still is imo) a mess.
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