I've installed FC5 on my laptop. The install was pretty smooth.
The default graphics drivers didn't do my video card justice. But I found the nvidia drivers (thanks to this forum's mention of livna) with little trouble and I got the kind of resolution I like.
Wireless was a bit of a pain. I found the Intel drivers (thanks to something I read on this forum) and got them installed. The problem was my semi antiquated wireless router - but I've got a buddy in the Networking group at work who could probably get linux to communicate with a toaster via the microwave.
Everything else worked out of the box. Really smooth install.
yum is great. yumex is better.
nm-applet doesn't work. Its a bit of a mystery - but whatever Gnome provides works ok.
Especially since I wrote a script to turn on wireless by hand when I want it.
The current problem is figuring out if racoon+turnpike+Novell's Nortel plugin can VPN to the Nortel Contivity switch at the office. I've got a post in the Networking forum if anyone wants to offer advice.
I'm not thrilled with my choice to install Gnome Desktop. But its convenient and not a resource hog. And I can disable the parts that consume too much cpu/memory.
Finally, a question:
Given rpm A, does anyone know a way to find the names of the rpms that depend on A?