"still better hardware than the single-core P4 I have now"
DUDE!! how old is your computer?
Oddly enough, these are exactly the same stages I went through when switching to Linux.
...Gmail as an offsite backup for files, or as a way to transfer files between machines...
don't you have a FTP server?
'end user education' is a good idea in theory, but you have to be a masochist to attempt in practice.
Now someone has forgotten to tell Virgin that the cost of mobile data has come down dramatically since the days of GPRS because they are still charging the same data rates that the telcos charged back when sending data over the GSM network was very expensive. 1.5c per KB of data might not seem that bad until you do the math and realise that Virgin are screwing their customers a whopping $15,728.64 per GB for casual data.
no, not good luck with that.
even if the UK gov't can't get through R&D, that's a lot of wasted money.
even if the censor is easy to get around or tunnel through, that will leave a large uninformed populaces ripe for taking advantage of.
this IS the same issue as what Australia currently faces (yes, i live there)
Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.