Updating fedora 5 to fedora 6
Using a distribution made by Red Hat means that it will be fine-tuned to work as efficiently as possible since it's made by the same people who work extensively on the kernel and know its ins and outs.
The software to make that kind of hardware work can be installed, but it can be done only through third-parties and it's not easy for the average user.
This promotes leading-edge software because it frees developers from some backward compatibility restraints. For this reason it ships with packages that may be up to two years behind in order to ensure stability over everything else.