New flavors of Linux seem to all be preferring Python.
I would say that that is because of the GUI toolkits. Disclaimer: I have never done anything with any of the GUI toolkits, so I may be completely off the mark. All I know is that Tk seems to be the only stable/widely used choice for Perl, and every Tk application I see looks awful, while the Python stuff looks great.
I've tried to install the Gtk modules, but just got failures. I'm assuming the Python bindings are easier to install and use, which is why we see more productivity in this area. This is sad - I've got a hankering to try my hand at a desktop based application, but (and maybe I'm just believing the hype) I feel that I should probably learn Python to do that.
Please somebody correct me.