I've been a Fedora user for less than two weeks, and the entire project is blowing me away. I like how Fedora contributes so much to the growth of good software, the power the distribution gives its users, and that it's relatively low-maintenance (coming from Arch).
I installed rawhide, and it looks awesome so far. Here's what I anticipate;
> default ext4 and other general updates
> faster boots (even with most services and autostarts disabled, Windows boots significantly faster than Fedora 11 on my Toshiba laptop)
> reverting back to xorg.conf, as X wont take my synaptics modifications (it prefers autodetecting, which makes my screen flicker 10 different times before gdm turns on, sheesh!)
> A yum feature that suggests packages to remove;
-- ideally, it would be based on dependency trees. if a package is not part of the core install and hasn't been used in 1 month, isn't it safe to suggest
that it should be removed?
-- e.g: End-user installs Banshee, but later decides to install Amarok. Banshee is un-installed, but many mono packages (the large amount of documentation, and for some reason the Boo programming language) remain on the hard-drive. these packages are updated by yum, and over time, they waste repo bandwith and disk space.
-- apt (under Ubuntu) has a working, if erratic implementation of this. I think Fedora would benefit from it.
> though not directly a Fedora issue, it saddens me to see that Gnome loads slower and that few default Gnome apps are a bit buggy (SoundJuicer being the main one). I'm using 2.25.5, so I'm hoping that 2.26.x will boost performance.
> another non-fedora issue: cpu scaling (using the gnome interface) is completely broken (always was on my laptop). There is no interface to manually change screen brightness, cpu power, or fan speed. Toshiba offers a nice applet (Windows, of course) that can modify these and save the settings in different profiles. KPowersave is a step in the right direction, but KDE4 has ditched it in favor of the crappy guidance power manager =/
Linux battery life on minimal power settings is 1hour 10 minutes (wifi on). It's around 2 hours 50 minutes on Windows, so we've got quite a bit of catching up to do as a "green" OS.
On a more selfish note, Brother has shipped working drivers for my MFC printer so once the battery life issue is fixed I'm going all Fedora on this laptop :D