The tests aside, SuSE is available as a free download. A lack of "cash" shouldn't hinder getting SuSE although a lack of broadband might.
I think it would be foolish to deny that Fedora doesn't have its glitches. I've never installed a perfect distro. The lack of Nvidia drivers certainly is a major glitch. If the manufacturers don't provide them,. they have to be written. Additionally, the processor was a 64bit AMD. Since the 64bit deal is somewhat new, the level of "engineering" input for a distro shop would be critical. The other tests were favorable.
The true test will be when MS gets its stuff together and really introduces a 64bit system.
Now this will really draw "incoming" but you can measure the success of Linux on the desktop (whatever the distro) by the number of posts concerning dual boots - namely, WinXX and Linux.
When the posts concerning dualboot issues vanish, Linux on the Desktop will have arrived.
That is to say, when WinXX is no longer on the boxes..........Only Linux.............
As to the video test......the "pros" aren't downloading ISOs and burning cds. They purchase support from Redhat, SuSE, etc. In other words, they put the cash where the job gets done.
Fedora is an entirely different animal. Unlike Debian, it will suffer growing pains partly because of the release schedule. Debian is slow but sure.
In any case, if you aren't trying to produce animated features with FedoraCx, what's the big deal?
For the average newby, Fedora is an excellent place to start. I might also suggest that FedoraC1 installs so easily and automatically that it is a Windows killer!
[I can remember the junk offered as "distributions" some years ago. Speaking from a desktop standpoint. Take forever to get the stuff all working. No drivers, etc. Now, Linux has arrived and most distros are so bloated with stuff that you gotta have a mainframe (just joking).]
It is still the case that you can take a fresh box and install WinXX and expect everything to work. No Mickey Mouse programs that don't work properly, video cards are recognized, etc.
FedoraC1 has come that close on one of my Pent 4 boxes. Absolutely automatic. Astounding!
But, SuSE is also free. If you don't mind those krauts sticking their tongues out at you, get some!