The one item that struck me as odd though is how much reinvention of the wheel there is. The Compositing effects added a level of depth and integration into the desktop that Compiz Fusion probably wishes it could have. All this is done entirely through KDE's own codebase. I had to ask myself why didn't they just partner up with Compiz Fusion and make it work for them already? In fact, why don't they just unify their codebase with Gnome, and then we'd have one really awesome Linux Desktop.
The reality of the matter is that by unifying the code base, it would make it harder to introduce changes. Theoretically, someone could fork any free software project they want, when they want to try something experimental. But the more I thought about it, making new projects tends to lead to cleaner code, that is sometimes more competitive than the status quo. When I think about the number of tiling window managers available, and how many of them are going to disappear as XMonad becomes more developed, it becomes more obvious how this works out.
In other news, the FDA declared cloned meat safe for eating. I wonder if it's kosher.