Quote Originally Posted by TheCycoONE View Post
That is simply not true. KDE 4 is increasingly resembling Windows 7 (which isn't necessarily a bad thing.)

E.g. Transparent blue panel by default; largely blue theme in general, new systray as you mentioned with gray scale icons, Windows 7 style edge of desktop actions (snap to left half, snap to right half etc.)
I don't know what you are talking about, but it is clearly not KDE4.

I've done a clean install (with a clean account) of vanilla KDE 4.5.1 a couple of weeks ago, and there is no blue transparent panel anywhere, and the edge actions were there long before Windows 7 was out.

There are differences yes, but the inspirations are obvious and the timing of the change from black theme to transparent blue theme was suspicious at best.
Which distribution introduced the transparent blue theme?

KDE did switch from the black theme (Oxygen) to a white theme (Air) sometime around 4.3 or 4.4, but this had more to do with people not liking the black theme (complaining that it looked like Vista, although it was older than Vista), so they went back to classic KDE colours used in KDE 2 and KDE 3.