The thing is it's not frowned upon in Europe in general. Nobody gives a shit if I have a beer with lunch. And I do.
As someone who uses it everyday, I can tell you that it's a pile of crap. I like Linux, but Scientific Linux is about 4 years behind Ubuntu etc.
I'll buy that car, how much? Bear in mind I live in Geneva, so it'll be a bit of a drive to get it here. But now is the time to do it! Not only can you see Russia from Alaska, but you can drive there this time of year. Then it's just a jaunt through Outer Mongolia, Kazakhstan etc., and your here! I'll give ya top dollar!