I have been using gentoo on and off for a couple years, but I could no longer be bothered with the consistant updating that takes hours to compile. I am going to list what problems I have had with fedora so far, not so much of a criticism, but in the hope that I just dont know the answers to the problems I am having and that someone on here will.
-for one thing, installation instructions for the internet based install was non existant. I was able to figure it out for the mostpart, but then I was using the main fedora server to download the packages, and the server was really slow. I cancelled the install and tried to boot into my windows partition to find a decent mirror. Since the bootloader was grub from my gentoo install I could not get into windows, and was unable to find my windows disk. I finally had to insert the gentoo cd and use lynx to go to the fedora website to find a mirror. So for one thing, it might be a good idea to have a commandline livecd type of system to make the situation above easier to perform. Some kind of howto for that cd would be helpful also.
-I was hoping to install fc 3 on a reiserfs partition, but it appears that fedora only supports ext2/3.
-I believe that the install would be improved by having the stage 2 image for graphical install on the cd instead of also downloading it for install.
-the installation was pretty decent, clean and easy to use. When I booted my completed install, it let me into my desktop with a root login the first time, and thereafter wouldnt allow it. I can understand this in a way, and was able to do things from the menu, but it was just a bit inconvenient having to type su password every time I wanted to have access to a system config.
-Firefox would not let me install plugins and extensions within their interface, forcing me to have to manually download and install a plugin like macromedia flash etc.
-My biggest problem...maybe someone has an answer. In gentoo you type a command for a program you want to install or remove...such as emerge azureus. Portage then downloads and installs it, and all packages that it relys on. When I wanted to add a program in fc3, I went to the program installlation and removal interface, and it is pretty, and seems quite simple to use, but has a very limited number of options on it. I couldnt find java, couldnt find flashplayer, I couldnt find azureus, and one of my favorite media players is vlc, which wasnt there either, although I am going to try more of the others first also.
-My cd writer/dvd player would not mount cleanly, it said the device was mounted and busy, but I couldnt even read the data on the dvd.
It is pretty, and clean looking, quite unified, nice colours, and seems simple and fast to update, and I look forward to working with it a bit more and becoming more dependant on linux instead of windows, if anyone can address my above issues I would appreciate it, I think that the above mentioned items are important. Thanks everyone.