Anaconda is in the critical path
New hardware systems are uefi based. Anaconda was first coded with one solution, and then, following SUSE, whose solution was superior, they dropped that solution for one that is as compliant.
Anaconda will be used by other distributions such as CENTOS, SCIENTIFIC LINUX, RED Hat Linux and other Linuxes that are forks of Fedora.
Solving the problem for Fedora is solving it for others. It has to work on many platforms, uefi and non uefi, on the mac and on pentium 3 systems as well as the atom.
That is quite a feat. The UBUNTU solution as far as I know, is a temporary one, that UBUNTU started with a year ago. The solution that parallels Fedora and SUSE will probably be presented in a later UBUNTU version.
I am using Fedora 18 based an the Alpha release. Because it was alpha, some stuff needs tweaking, but all the applications I have downloaded and used, work flawlessly.
So yes, we understand that Anaconda is late, and that the programer(s) are under pressure, but we must also back off from criticism. The new anaconda looks very much better than the legacy version from which we are moving away. One cannot divide ones attention to multiple problems when the others require a solid reliable installer program.