I went through this KDE 4.0 screenshots tour to check it out. I can’t say I’m thoroughly impressed.
I’ve been using KDE for years and have loved it. I’ve been using a Mac for almost a year and I love that too. Given my experience with the two I think the new KDE looks good and all but I’m really unimpressed. I’ve read elsewhere that 4.1 is supposed to be the real deal. Let’s hope so. The above tour makes it look like they’re mostly just reimplementing features that Mac users have enjoyed for years. I think KDE 4.0 could beat the crap out of GNOME if they put a lot of work into integrating applications with DCOP or DCOP’s successor so KDE users can enjoy things that Mac+AppleScript+Quicksilver have enjoyed for years. I keep making comparisons to Mac because Mac really has created innovation on the desktop. While I think that KDE just isn’t stacking up, given that it’s FOSS I think it’s great.