Talking about Java reminded me that I did NOT include a status on any java packages.
Kapil: You are right, to get a real sense of where packages are you need to install them and test them. This was the most information I could collect in the shortest period of time. As time permits I am going to start beating on packages and see how they hold up. I would encourage anyone that wants to help out do the same and post their findings on the bboard.
Also, I would not automatically trust ANYTHING that has been tagged as "X.Xd" as being usable.