I don't deal with Windows very much but the point about system administration is well-taken. Maybe the situation is a bit analogous to being able to use vanilla vi? (I prefer to use Vim of course.) In the Unix world, at least, no matter where you go, vi is there. The same is true of Perl. I was also glad to hear that there's nice new shiny stuff on CPAN these days.
Community is certainly a more intangible but no less vital asset. I've seen "what is with everyone else?" and have occasionally been guilty of it. But for the most part I try not to be too much of a dillhole. When I'm dealing with intelligent people, as in a place like this, that goal becomes much easier to achieve.