On topic, I really wish these guys well. Been listening to their podcasts for a while (back when they were TuxRadar) and they are knowledgable and fun to listen to.
Liked their work on LXF and look forward to getting my hands on a copy of LV - still hasn't hit newsstands here in New Zealand.
The main bit of software councils need to wean themselves off of is SAP. My jaw nearly hit the floor when I found out the seat license cost for that (I've forgotten the exact amount and am not waking her to find out), and any individual of a company that runs it who enters their own timesheets must hold a seat license, even if that's the only thing they use a computer for in the firm. We're talking thousands of dollars per seat here, not dozens.
Yeah, this is Slashdot so I should be whipping up some sort of MythTV thingie but I've seen the agony my friend has gone through doing that and seriously, I've got better things to do with my time (see three year old).
I'm curious what road salt will do to aluminium. Your john-boat can handle oak leaves, but has it been in salt water?
Repair is the other big issue. Body shops (panel beaters here in NZ) will require new tools and techniques, and the learning curve will be steep with inevitable poor quality work at first. The big pushback here may be from the insurance industry.
I was making living arrangements so I could leave my wife. I'll make no apologies as it turned out to be the single best choice I've made in my life in years. Anyone who's lived through a bad marriage could probably sympathise.
They did set this network up as free to use for all in the Canterbury area after the quakes, which I thought was nice.
Also found Amarok to be buggy, now listen using Audacious with a winamp skin I've used since the 90's (tubeamp).
We're looking at visiting family in Vermont from overseas and cannot take the train from NY to VT as Amtrak won't accept checked baggage, so another puddle-jumper flight it is. Sorry Amtrak, no tourist money for you!