when trying to update or install packages, I wait a few hours.
Can you tell me what the problem might be?
When you do a reboot or first power on the system, Gnome Software requests metadata update for rpm-ostree (as well as flatpaks) so this causes a busy state reported by
rpm-ostree status. Once this is complete
rpm-ostree status will report idle. Usually after a couple of minutes. If it is taking extra long to update rpm-ostree then it is likely the network connection speed as everything seems to be slower right now.