Okay, enough ranting.
I certainly do like Fedora 13 quite a bit, though I'll be the first to admit that the initial configuration is a bit obtuse.
Install it, and you get a few different check-boxes of different tasks, such as installing a bunch of codecs, fonts, or drivers automatically. It configures your repositories and everything, giving you a completely safe and easy way to make your Fedora installation usable.
Give it a go if you're ever in Red Hat land.