I stopped playing FFXI probably 4 years ago now. Sounds like there's been A LOT of improvements that would make me love to get back into it. But knowing myself and MMOs, it would probably be best to just wait till FFXIV is out.
As far as their wishlist, it's pretty standard for any MMO, to want good solo and party play, RMT control, an easy way to play with your friends (after all, it is a social game). I'm hoping all of these things shine through in FFXIV.
I really thing (and hope) SE has learned from their errors in FFXI and will make FFXIV a game I can enjoy for years to come.
Lancer, Fisher, Culinarian FFXI:
DRK 55, WAR 30, THF 27, DRG 27 (all retired) WoW:
Hunter 70, Warrior 29, Druid 26, Warlock 22, Shaman 19 (all retired) EQII:
Shadowknight 36 (retired)