louie, So given your dismal opinion of Fedora / Rawhide, what have you moved on to? What distro is the most stable? ...staying somewhat bleeding edge for desktop stuff? ...doing a lot of original development work on many small and some major packages? I'm guessing the answer is different for each question but maybe not.
Fedora definitely isn't for everyone but I prefer it and refer to it as the "innovator distro". We all have our preferences and that is one reason I'm glad so many distros exist.
People sometimes freak out about the number of Linux distros but I ask them why aren't there multiple flavors of Windows and Mac available... besides the few releases provided by their makers? The answer is obvious, because they don't allow third parties to remix and release like Linux does... but you have to wonder just how many Windows there would be and how many Mac OS X's there would be if people were allowed to remix it. My guess is that they would have the same "problem" we do if only they were allowing it.