Hm. Well, I will likely make a shadow for cool-factor (at least not on my main server), but I probably won't garner much use from it on a white world.
Having an aug - saving the experience and the time to get to the appropriate level - is pretty cool, and imo makes up for the 2 credits that weren't put towards a skill. As it stands, we are going to have 3 races with a racial weapon, and 2 without. We'll get 3 more races, for at total of 8... I would be happy with an even split (4 races that have weapons, and 4 that are more concentrated on other things).