Vstyler, maybe someone should set the bar high to begin with? To discourage the weaker entries.
I think theres some good entries already actually, It's a long contest, many people like to wait till nearer the deadline to submit, bit of a chess game I suppose... some, I'm sure are frantically working on their entries.
I'd suggest a little patience, some of the old school skinners haved moved on to biggger and better things and we should embrace those up and comers that are taking their time..and its a LOT of time.. to learn how to skin and in time can hopefully learn ..to be great.
I'm pretty sure the average person really has no clue how much time, work, sacrifice goes into making really good skins, so lets be thankful that the new skinners have at least picked up the ball, lets just be patient, give them time to run with it.
As far as Linux goes, it may offer some neat little tricks and wrinkles coded into the OS but the skins.. themselves aren't any better than what is available on WC. You have to remember, WB is restricted in large part by the OS.
Lastly, please lets not stiffle people's competitive spirit, just taking part to some folks, is as good as winning.
I hope to have my entry finished by the end of next week.
Good luck to everyone and please know that your work is appreciated.