I like Python. It is a good first language for a beginner, it's incredibly handy for all programmers and it's open source; free software.
Python's growing acceptance was brought home to me last Monday, when I purchased a new Compaq Pressario desktop box for someone and went to remove all the unwanted software bundled with the machine. To my surprise, it came with Python 2.3 binaries installed! If that doesn't signal arrival into the mainstream, I don't know what does.
The future of Python is now in doubt, despite it's widespread acceptance. I'll be watching this one closely.