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I've been a Red Hat and Fedora user since Red Hat 9. I can't begin to tell you how much I hate the changes in Fedora since and including Fedora 15. I just loaded Fedora 17 yesterday, but I've already decided to either backtrack to Fedora 14 or pick another distro entirely.
1) I like my taskbar to be at the bottom. In earlier versions, it was a simple matter to move and customize it. From what I've read, Gnome 3 has destroyed any and all user-friendly customization. WHY?!?
2) I set up my computers to dual-boot Linux and Windows. I'd love nothing better than to dump Windows entirely, but there are several commercial games I want to install, and it's either boot to Windows or don't play them. In Fedora 14, it was a simple matter to edit /etc/grub.conf so the menu gave me exactly what I wanted. Grub2 prevents direct editing, and substitutes a needlessly complicated configuration generator program. If there were a GUI for the grub config file, that would be great, but I'm stuck with this command-line junk that's going to take me a week to figure out. WHY?!?
3) What was so wrong with "Applications, Places, System" on the task bar? When I click "Activities", now I get a screen full of huge icons instead of a neat list of options. I suspect this is another Gnome 3 user-unfriendly "feature".
My initial impression of Fedora 17 is: "FAIL!"