As soon as gfortran can parse all of the statements correctly, it will be in the “larva” state. When we generate code, the “puppa” state. When gfortran is done, we'll see if it will be a beautiful butterfly, or just a big bug....
–Andy Vaught, April 2000
The start of the GNU Fortran 95 project was announced on the GCC homepage in March 18, 2000 (even though Andy had already been working on it for a while, or course).
Gfortran is currently reaching the stage where is is able to compile real world programs. However it is still under development and has many rough edges.