OK. Lessons learned the hard way ... and shared.
Tip number one, don't fear the command line! The terminal is actually quite easy to use, and is very powerful!
Two, That being said, there are now GUI tools to do just about anything you need to do.
Three, fedora is a network intensive operating system. You will
need to have access to the web.
Four, fedora has a short (almost maniacal) development cycle, but that doesn't mean you need to add every update that comes in across the transom. Pick and choose! Once you get your kernel functioning the way you want it to (video drivers/wireless) ... quit updating it!
Five. Eye candy is really cool ... but as fun as it is, and as nice as it works to put that seething look of envy into the eyes of your Windows-using friends, find a nice productivity/eyecandy mix, and settle into it -- then quit dicking with it. <..
Six. Set aside two other partitions to goof around with other distros. It'll happen anyway, so you might as well get prepared for it! <..
Hope it helps!