I've never used the GNOME Software app until now. Does it not provide a progress indicator when you tell it to perform an update?

I'm trying the GNOME Software method of updating things on Fedora (as opposed to dnf all the things like I usually do), and I'm not really enjoying the experience of the forced downtime during the reboot stage. But I suppose the process is no worse than all the other horrible computer systems people have to use, and it's easier to explain to somebody whose first language is not computer.

(I'm pretty sure my first language is now computer, much to my chagrin.)

New Linux machine freshly installed for my wife to try, and it only took me hours of my life. This is much less time than in the past, and I honestly think this was faster than a typical Windows computer setup. Everything came straight outta the package repos! Now to see if she'll actually like it... It's either this or Windows 10 for her, so... Hoping for the best.

@cstanhope Fingers crossed!
My last fresh install of a distro was overtop of a previous one, so they already had all their desktop settings, email and bookmarks etc. in place.
I take a copy of my package list when I do the first install for others. Then a copy of /their/ package list for the next one and so on. Speeds things up tremendously and I don't forget to install something.
BUT it took me several hours to turn off all the garbage and un/install foss stuff in a win10 laptop this afternoon.

@gemlog That seems like a reasonable practice. I grabbed my wife's essential documents and Firefox profile off the Windows 7 machine and used my machine as a reference to help set up this new machine. However, her Windows 7 machine is still running and available and will be the fallback. This is a bit of a trial, so I think we'll both need to be flexible, and I'll try to respond to issues. I don't know how this will play out, but I suspect she and I will both learn something.


@cstanhope I have used cross platform programs to 'waltz along' many idividuals and some windows shops into using linux.
If they are already using tbird, firefox and libreoffice, they barely notice. Considering the jarring changes from win7 to win8 or the new 'ribbon' in ms office, I can make a kde desktop they are instantly at home with.
I've become quite adept and copying tbird and ff profiles around over time too.

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