Been researching a few of the FPGA's out there. Actel, Lattice, Altera, Xilinx. Mostly Xilinx. I know people who swear by Altera, but Xilinx has be most flexible free tools, and supports their entire low cost Spartan3 (to 4million gates and embedded multipliers!) line in their free software. Yeah, I'm not going above a surface mount design (400k gate model), but it's nice to know.
Yes, I am reading through the entire 192 page reference doc on the FPGA, and learning a lot.