I've been exchanging emails with Hagen Fürstenau, author of the excellent Python Skein implementation PySkein. He has informed me that PySkein 0.7 will be released shortly, which will include the final Skein tweaks. This is great news because it means the values of Skein hashes should remain unchanged, so it's a perfect time to get serious about using Skein in dmedia.
I've already done a rough packaging of PySkein, and I'll be working on getting PySkein officially into Debian and Ubuntu (with the help of a sponsor).
At this time it isn't possible for us to move to Python3, so we do need to get PySkein working on at least Python2.7. From what I understand, this is something reasonably easy to do, although I don't have experience with it myself. If anyone could help out with this, please shoot me an email or just make a branch on Launchpad.
Anyway, congratulations to Bruce Schneier and the rest of the Skein team on making it to the final round! And thank you Hagen Fürstenau for the excellent PySkein implementation and for being an all around friendly and awesome guy!
P.S. - I also setup an unofficial PySkein presence on Launchpad, including a VCS-import of Hagen's upstream HG repository. rockstar got me totally addicted to source package recipes, and I just can't live without them now.