I'm pleased to say that F16 is back on the table as a usable option for me. After first trying 16 out, I found gnome 3 clunky and more than a little annoying regarding things like missing minimize buttons requiring user tweaking to be usable.
One big issue that Fedora seems behind on is fonts. I tried messing around with mscore font installation and whatnot, but in the end fonts still had a very rough, amateur look to them. In firefox in particular, it hurt to read more than a few lines (and I tried all the various font options).
Tried KDE - too much eye-candy and gizmos.
Tried LXDE - used this for about a month, was generally happy with it aside from font display but found pcmanfm to be very unstable, constantly causing system crashes.
XFCE - didn't offer anything more than LXDE
So about a month ago I installed Mint 12, and loved it. Everything worked out the box, I didn't have to go messing about with cryptic settings to get everything looking normal, and most importantly the fonts look as good, if not better, than a Windows system. and then I put Cinnamon on it, because gnome 3 was still clunky and slow.
I only saw last week that Cinnamon was available for F16, and tried it out right away - WOW, what an improvement!
Nevermind that the fonts look about 100x better (though not quite
as smooth as Mint), users are not required to get under the hood to make something like a shutdown option appear on the main menu.
At this point F16 is my preferred o/s simply because Mint has proved itself somewhat less stable overall - my work requirements necessitate having a web browser, skype, calc and writer documents, and Gimp open - and I like having music going, so Audacious is usually open alongside these other apps. However Mint becomes very flaky with this many apps running, mp3 play gets interrupted, moving between apps becomes jerky and crash-prone, and from time to time the entire system bombs.
F16 on the other hand, with the same apps open, is like a rock.
I would urge Fedora developers to take some time to think about the gaps Cinnamon is filling, in particular the fonts issue - they may seem like airy trivial issues but they matter to the end-user. Sad to say, were it not for Cinnamon I would have left F16 firmly behind.