... installed F17 to bare metal, that is. The backstory is long and sordid, but the highpoints are: A reasonably new laptop, (HP Pavilion dv7 6c80us) and a newish SSD happened to be in the same place at the same time, along with the F17 LiveCD.
From there, it was inevitable.
So far, it's been just about what I expected. Although the prompt at install to go fetch the better firmware was a nice change of pace from Anaconda's usual intrasigence. As usual, I slapped it upside da haid and did not
allow any sort of LVM silliness to insert itself into the process.
About half the gnome-shell-extensions in the repo don't work, but I expected that, too. It's still pretty much of a crap-shoot where those things are concerned.
The most appearant problems so far have been some weirdness in the System Settings dialogs, several crashes and ABRTs in Gnome-terminal, and the following malfunction of the playskool icons in the applications overview.
But I assume that's going to be fixable with some fiddling around in the theme css files.
I will give it this: If you haven't tried F16/17 on an SSD in a reasonably quick modern machine, you'll certainly be pleasantly surprised when you do.
Although my usual bracket of excuses to get up and go get coffee are obviously going to have to be re-negotiated. <..