I was once a KDE user. I loved many aspects of it as much as Linus did. Gnome was easier to use but lacked certain features KDE offered. This was around 5 years ago. KDE4 was released and I read plenty of people's reviews who was forcing themselves liking it. I bet it was related to Linus's Love or liking for it. Today, I was about to give KDE4 another try until I ran into this article. This confirms my earlier experiences such as barfing into a bucket, headaches, nausea. I almost cried!
In gnome, we have screenlets, awn, kiba-dock, compiz fusion. The posibilities are endless in creating touchpads with screenlets buttons as executables for certain applications or using awn or kiba-dock on a 65inch HD-television for navigation on your living room setup. It is way more customizable in my own opinion and very fluid at 200fps instead of plasmoids terrible animation of what looks like 3 fps.