I'm at an open source conference in Venezula, and one of the other speakers is a big guy in the KDE world. Apparently, KDE is going to emphasize being able to write tools in high level widgets, for which they have great Python and Ruby supported bindings and demonstrations. But when I asked about Perl, he said that it wasn't being included, because nobody is maintaining any sort of KDE binding for Perl!
Those of you looking for a project, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with him. I really think Perl should be represented in this space.