"(That said, it should be pointed out that using FedUp precluded testing the Anaconda installer, which is where a lot of the problems were.) "
Is this really fair to point out when you didn't run through it yourself and experience problems first-hand?
TBH I'm pretty surprised at how few really horrible bugs have been encountered with the new Anaconda - although polishing that was a big reason why the release was so late, so I guess it makes sense it's not full of huge showstopper bugs now. Extra time was spent on it to make sure that wouldn't happen.