Phoronix: Red Hat Puts Out Ceylon 1.0 Language, Compiler
I read some of the documentation, and Ceylon definitely has a few interesting concepts that set it apart from the rest, so I wouldn't pronounce it dead just yet. The type system in it is especially interesting, and the people who wrote the documentation keep making comparisons with Java which probably means they intended to solve problems, or percieved problems with Java. It should get some attention in that case.
The documentation is pretty comprehensive and easy for anyone who knows a little OOP. I probably will use it.