- Fedora 17 had an installer that worked just fine. So you could have continued to use that, and optionally provide your new installer to those who want to test it.
- You could have recommended users to ditch the installer altogether and link to a document instead which describes manual partitioning + febootstrap as the preferred install method (Gentoo does it like this, and Arch has recently adopted this way too).
- You could have labeled Fedora 18 as "Forever Beta" and not make it an official release, just something for the interested.
Any of these steps would possibly have led to a lot fewer disappointed users than what we are seeing now.
Now Alan Cox has left the Linux developer community:
See what you did Fedora? You drove him to Ubuntu, and he couldn't take it for very long! Now he's gone.
Adding your user to groups (sys, disk, lp, network, video, audio, optical, storage, scanner, power, etc.) is not necessary for most use cases with systemd. The groups can even cause some functionality to break. For example, the audio group will break fast user switching and allows applications to block software mixing. Every PAM login provides a logind session, which for a local session will give you permissions via POSIX ACLs on audio/video devices, and allow certain operations like mounting removable storage via udisks.
this is coming from someone that used and liked fedora 17:
fedora 18 is not only the worse fedora release to date, it's also a broken distro that should have never been released.
The writing was on the wall and when, month after month after month, they noticed how broke everything was THEY SHOULD HAVE SIMPLY DELAYED OR CANCELLED fedora 18
jump straight to 19 or release 18 in 19's date....
Alan Cox wasn't the only one jumping to ubuntu
hell even the alpha right now is 238912833 times more stable than fedora 18