Kaffe 1.1.4 is out, finally. A lot of work on small bug fixes, and cleaning up the source code went into that, but nevertheless, there are still some challenges left for the new hackers, like fixing all the broken debian non-mainstream ports.
Been there, seen it, it was great. I loved meeting all the great developers on different free runtimes, and even some first-generation kaffe hackers like DV. After seeing the energy there, how far we got with cooperation on GNU Classpath, and how much interest there is in even closer cooperation between different free runtime developers, I believe that the future belongs to free java runtimes.
It was like seeing the *BSD, Linux and Hurd people coming together to work out a way to produce an Ueber-UN*X.