SCREEN ONE: "Select the appropriate keyboard for the system." - Not a very welcoming first step ... why is it giving me instructions? Is it trying to take charge and make sure I don't screw things up? How do I know what the appropriate keyboard is for the system? Oh wait, US English is highlighted. It wants me to tell it my laptop's keyboard layout. - Why is the window so big when all the text is just a few lines at the left? Did it maximize by default because I had Firefox maximized? - Why is the text word-wrapped so that it's on two lines when there's enough room for it on one? - Why is the scrollbar not the same "fluffy marshmallow" kind as on other windows that I saw while poking around (except Firefox)?
SCREEN TWO: "What type of devices will your installation involve? - I'm glad it said "If you're not sure which option is right for you, this is probably it," because otherwise I'd have been really confused. - The text is tiny and hard to read. Why is it so tiny when the window's so big? - This step makes me feel kind of stupid, and wonder if I'm not intruding on something where I don't belong.
INTERMEDIATE STEP: Scanning storage devices - Oh hey, it looks like it's sticking its tongue out at me.
SCREEN THREE: "Please name this computer." - "Hostname" is a technical term that I'm only familiar with in passing. Between that and the default name of "localhost.localdomain" I feel less like I'm being asked to name my computer, and more like I'm being quizzed on basic technical knowledge, that I'm supposed to have or I don't have any business being here. I actually find myself questioning what kind of answers would be appropriate, like there's a way for me to screw it up. - I didn't even see the "Configure Network" button until I'd already clicked "Next" and it was grayed out. Was this something that I was supposed to do? It was so far away from the text entry box.
SCREEN FOUR: "Please select the nearest city in your time zone:" - I vaguely remember what "System clock uses UTC" means from the last time I tried Fedora years ago. That's probably because it was confusing enough that I had to pay close attention. Fortunately there was a tooltip. Unfortunately I had to spend about 10 seconds parsing it. By this point I'm being really careful not to mess anything up. - Why are there two separate, sometimes overlapping tooltips when I hover the mouse on the map window? "Button two or three" is another statement I have to parse because I never refer to them that way. - It doesn't zoom in over the place where my mouse cursor hovers. Instead it just zooms to the middle, and I have to use the scrollbars to reposition it. - Why is everything in both North and South America just in "America?" It's a little confusing to see Montreal placed in "America" without context.
SCREEN FIVE: "Enter a password for the root user." - Here's a place where I know what to do. I'm not sure I would've been able to tell from the one-sentence explanation it gives, though ("The root account is used for administering the system"), just that I was being asked in a confusing way to enter a password. - The password I gave was numerical, and it told me that it was weak because it was "based on a dictionary word". Huh?
SCREEN SIX: "Which type of installation would you like?" - Another easy one, just because I already know that I'm blowing everything away and replacing it with Fedora. Not sure what I make of it besides that, except that the text is tiny and the icons took me almost as long to parse as some of the text has so far. Plus I had to read the descriptions for them. - I know that I want my hard drive encrypted, but there's nothing in the way of an explanation, not even a tooltip. - I actually changed my mind about encrypting it when I saw that I'd have to enter a passphrase every time I booted up. I didn't know that I'd need to do that, since it's not how it worked in Ubuntu. When I clicked "Cancel" though, it gave me an "Are you sure" kind of dialog with "Back" and "Continue" buttons. I chose "Back" since I wanted to back out of the process, and it took me "Back" to the passphrase selector. That's not where I wanted to go.
INTERVAL: Progress reports - Why does it keep sticking its tongue out at me and giving me cryptic messages? Oh hey, now it's finally showing a box with a progress bar and the Fedora logo. That I can understand. - Why does it use a progress bar _and_ pop-up dialogs? - "Copying live image to hard drive" only makes sense to me because I know what "Live CD", "disk image" and "copying to hard drive" mean. It still seems unnecessarily technical.
INSTALL COMPLETE - Still not very well written, but I get what's going on here. - I'm having second thoughts about recommending this to people unless I know I can help them install it. - I'm so glad I read a GNOME Shell cheat sheet that says you have to hold Alt to see the "Shut down" option, or I would have no clue how to restart the computer afterwards except by pressing the power button.