Python is my current language of choice, too.
I just poked around on the two web sites that you gave me, and I honestly didn't see any code that I would want to use unless for some reason I were already required to use Java. I mean, there were dozens of projects, but as far as I could see they were all middleware, databases, development tools, and other infrastructural bits which are only there because someone somewhere decided that all of their infrastructure had to be rewritten in Java.
I can think of exactly two pieces of software which I might want to use that are written in Java:
1. The E language. http://erights.org/ Every time I play with E, I have another round of headaches because of the fact that it is implemented in Java. Fortunately there are several active projects to implement E in a different langage.
2. Eclipse. I haven't really used it -- I'm perfectly happy with XEmacs and affiliated tools at the moment -- but I can see how it might be nice.
So at the end of the day, I'm afraid that the final great result of all of the time and money spent on the free software java efforts will be that we can run Eclipse.
Oh yeah, and there's Limewire. That's three open source projects that are written in Java that someone might want to use even if they are not required to use 100% All Java by their pointy-headed boss.
I would be interested to hear about any more such projects.
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