Just a quick note about software and priorities. I am continually looking to change the software I use to reach the most desirable set of criteria (if I am using software that does not yet embrace those criteria). Here are the criteria, in alphabetical order:
* Active developer community
* Cross platform
* Extensible (plug-ins, etc.)
* Large user base
* Open source
There are a few pieces of software that more or less meet these criteria, such as:
* [Open Office](http://openoffice.org/)
* [Gimp](http://gimp.org/), especially the [GimpShop](http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294)
Some software I like to use might violate these criteria, such as [notepad2](http://notepad2.com/) (no development, windows only) and [iconforge](http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_if.html) (not free, windows only), but they are simple and good at what they do, so I stick with them. However, over the long run, I see open source, cross platform as winning. I believe I will be cutting over to Ubuntu around 2009 or 2010. Here are my current reservations:
* [Cinelerra](http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3) is not cross platform, plus drivers!
* Open Office Impress sucks compared with Powerpoint
* [Second Life](http://secondlife.com/) client for linux is in alpha
So, the way I look at it, as soon as I can move over to a new operating system while maintaining my current set of software tools (which have been slowly migrating to linux supported options), then I can make the move.
I look forward to the transition.