I installed Fedora on my laptop for various reasons and I’m pleased to say most stuff seems to have just worked out the box on my Lenovo 3000 N100. Even the wireless appears to work out the box. The one thing missing was that it doesn’t start network manager by default so it took a while to figure out how to use the wireless!
The article http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/network-manager/ gives the directions on how to get that going. It looks like Fedora 8 should hopefully have the Network manager loaded by default assuming it meets the schedule.
The services are NetworkManager and NetworkManagerDispatcher. You can also use the script ‘system-config-network’ to prevent the wifi and wired network from being loaded at startup. That makes booting faster and then the Network Manager takes over.