Kristian Rietveld picked up on the challenge to write a WHIRL to CIL compiler. This means that any languages supported by the GCC WHIRL fork (C, C++ and the two Fortrans) could be used as compiler front-ends.
Kris has a sample of his work so far: a small C program translated to WHIRL (gcc), then to CIL (he had to write his own WHIRL reader.
Sweet Interview with Nat Friedman
A sweet interview with Nat on the Novell Linux Desktop.
The JBoss soap opera
Man, I spent some quality time going over the JBoss soap opera. I always felt things were not quite right when I was reading TheServerSide.