Congratulations, Fedora, and here is why
Last year I bought my wife a new Toshiba Satellite laptop, it had Windows 7 86_64 installed. She used it as is, until she was hit with a virus, then it was set in my lap with an order to, "put Linux on it!"
So, I installed PCLinuxOS, for it's ease for new Linux users, and because she was already familiar with the OS. All went well for several months, then the Wifi quit working. "Unable to find IP address," even with a static IP. So, I installed Vista for her, installed the correct drivers for her laptop. Wifi still would not work. A little research in the Toshiba forums showed a conflict with Broadcom and Realtek drivers.
So, I rigged her an Ethernet line, and she had to sit near my modem to get online, and real hassle, especially when I was working on a customer's machine, I had to unhook her.
Then last night her OS developed a major problem. Icons disappeared. Sound quit entirely, display was really big, and could not be configured. System Settings would not launch. Disgusted, she was using my machine, running, of course, Fedora 17 KDE 86_64, and asked me, why not install this on my laptop? Well gee, honey, no problem.
Installed Fedora KDE 86_64 this morning, just got her all configured a little while ago. I installed broadcom-wl, shut down, unplugged the Ethernet line, and booted to BIOS, where I disabled the onboard LAN, and booted her up. All I had to do is configure the Wifi, and wa la, it works GREAT!
So, in your face, Microsoft! Fedora is better than you in more than a million ways!
Congratulations, Fedora. I just mailed off a copy of Fedora 17 to my sister-in-law, who has the same laptop, and the same problem, along with an email telling her how to install and configure Fedora, and a link to this forum.