Wow, I haven't checked-in in awhile, it's sure nice to see others here jumping into the fray
I got to order my RPi today, so I'm sitting on pin&needles now. Hopefully it will be here in just a few days.
I've got some of my own software I want to try and get up and running first, and some I want to build for use just on the RPi. Among other things, I want to try and get libgd and GD.pm running on it. I've never used openGL, but I'm sure willing to learn about it, and help with whatever I can to get it up and running.
I registered "RaspberryPerl.com" a month or two ago. I'll be putting a couple simple perl apps up there for beginners to download and play with soon. I'll put an address book and a notepad there for starters. I've already commented the code fairly well, but I'll expand on those and try to explain each line of code for perl beginners. It's my hope that others might put some scripts, examples, and lessons up there too, and that perhaps it may become a place to gather and share info on using Perl on the RaspberryPi.
For the record, I have no intention of running any ads, or monetizing that site, or promoting myself with it, in any way. I do intend to provide a place where people can feel free to ask questions and discuss ideas without being told they are "off topic" and chased away, which I've seen happen far to often on some of the perl mailing lists.
I'm no Perl expert, far from it, but I've found that I can do quite a bit with perl and can be productive with it. Personally, I think the bad rep perl has gotten for being obfuscated is more of a misunderstanding of the language and the attitude of the larger culture that grew around the language. Too many users were persnickety and prided themselves on condensing readable code into the shortest one-liner that was always unreadable. It still happens. I learned to ignore that crowd entirely by embracing the perl mantra, "there's more than one way to do it".
Perl code was designed to be, and can be, very human readable. Even large and complex perl applications can be written to be easily readable and editable, and in my humble opinion, they always should be.
So using perl on a RaspberryPi can and should be a viable and thriving option for those who want to learn how to program. It'd be a shame to make the same mistakes the Perl community made back in the 1990s when they chased away those who were trying so hard to learn perl. The RaspberryPi gives us a chance to do it better this time. I look at it like it's a fresh start, and we're all in a position to help with that.