> With F9 we have a gdm missing lots of features and a missing gdmsetup,
I think that's the fault of upstream GNOME, and not Fedora-specific.
> And some really really annoying thing that randomly checks my screen
> brightness and sets it to 50%.
I believe the GNOME Power Manager tool can fix this by changing your 'battery mode' settings.
From what I've seen, most people are willing to trade brightness for battery life.
> Where did the freedom go.
You're free to use any other OS and/or distribution :) You're also free to change the code.
Even if you're not a coder, you're free to join the Fedora mailing lists and argue against
these kind of choices. That's a lot of freedom!