Linux *needs* VB
There are thousands and thousands and *thousands* of VB programmers out there.
During my college degree, we did 3 years of VB and only 6 months of C++.
Yes, I know VB sucks hard (I prefer Delphi/Kylix), but if 99% of the programmers which switch to Linux to write VB programs are bad, we're still left with the 1% (how many thousand?) which are writing good programs which are useful.
The more people we have working to make the "jump" easier, the better. As Michael Johnson and Matthew Saffer has said - *yes* it'll be a hard conversion (the OS hooks, I imagine, must be almost impossible imitate), but once it's done a sufficient level, the community will gain a whole new group of people who had previously never given Linux a second look.
I understand and agree that Java is immeasurably superior to VB, but even with some of the best IDEs out there (JBuilder 3 is my personal favourite), it's not as accessible to newbies and amateurs.
Good luck to the VB hackers! :)
--Paul "ThunderHud" Hudson