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Contrary here. If you want to check the latest and greatest (not necessarily stable) in OSS then Fedora is a great choice. Fedora's purpose is mainly to develop and test drive newest technologies which range from desktop usablity tools for newbies to server tools/services e.g. Directory Server, GFS, new Wifi stack etc. I still find it stable enough to install and configure (mp3, flash, dvd etc) it for all of my friends desktops as a Windwos replacement.
Most of us IMO just want a working OS. I couldn't care less about edgy Linux distro that just isn't stable enough for desktop or server. I don't want to be a beta (or alpha) tester for Red Hat :/
Then use CentOS, Ubuntu, Suse or any other stable/user-centric distro. This is OSS we're talking about here, so nobody forces you to use Fedora - it just provides the possibility to get in touch with bleeding edge technologies and also learn a lot about development process and future of FLOSS if you follow the mailing lists that are publicly accessible.
Pah-leeze... I have been using Fedora 6 to do all my work on and it works great. I am using Fedora Test 7 to write this on. No problems so far. It looks great and it is working nicely. I also have MySQL, PHP and Apache web server running in the background for testing. All the servers are running smoothly.
And if you want the latest and greatest and STABLE in OSS, then use Arch Linux. AND you don't have to struggle in the slightest with mp3, flash, dvd, etc.
I must say the new Fedora look has gone downhill from FC6. I loved the helix logo, but the new balloon/cloud style feels pretty blah.
Arch linux is amateuristic crapware