hey guys. nice to see some interest for linux. I must say, I'm not a great linux'er, but I am a java coder and we do somewhat have some similar ground.
I'm currnetly developing a front end in java, that uses mplayer as it's media player (I just ditched vlc due to lack of java support). Flash is used as the front end as a complete seperation of the presentation layer.
If you'd like to see what I've been up to, check out the Velocity link in my sig. currently I'm developing this in windows and I'd love to get some linux trials, which I'll happily support, when when I've got some relatively stable alpha's.
let me know if it's of any interest