Hey folks, I found a pretty major bug in the installer:
I used the live cd to make sure things worked, updated the installer, and tried to install. After I meticulously partitioned my hard drive and went ahead, it failed at format. Gnome, KDE, doesn't matter. I finally installed from the initial menu and everything was fine. I suspect it was maybe because the live cd mounts all the partitions and if you delete a partition or overwrite it, maybe it doesn't unmount it?
In any case, i can imagine many a newbie losing interest if they try that, too.
Kevin (a fedora convert)