so kicker is a lot more boring in the kde4 branch that it is in trunk/ (which will be 3.5) at the moment. button tiles and "transparency" have been removed. the former looks very dated now and the latter was a huge hack with many undesirable side effects. with the new theming systems these features are deprecated so the code was simply in the way. with it gone we can more easily refactor some of the classes involved and start thinking about how to implement new visual features.
sometimes to go forward you first have to go back.
last night i picked up pumpkin, pi, and lost in translation. we made it through one of them, i never made it home.