Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I ran fedora 17 for a while on my test machine. I have since replaced that with opensuse 12.2 Beta2. Before my memory fades, here’s a comparison of fedora 17 and opensuse 12.2. When installing fedora from the DVD image, I chose to install KDE, Gnome, LXDE and XFCE. Those are the same choices that I make with opensuse. Of course, I don’t really use all of those. Mostly, I use KDE and experiment with the others. On my test machine, I use XFCE because it is a little lighter in weight for the older slower hardware.
For most of what I do, the differences between fedora and opensuse are minor. Opensuse users would not have much difficulty adapting to fedora, and vice versa. The biggest advantage of opensuse is Yast. The most favorable for fedora is the ease of configuring WiFi networks with NetworkManager.