In a recent interview, KDE developer Zack Rusin made some bold and (from my point of view) much-welcomed promises about the future of the Linux Desktop as a result of the Plasma and (by implication) Appeal subprojects of KDE:
Plasma will blow you away. Nothing you’ve ever seen or will see in the coming years will come even close to what you’ll experience with Plasma. And that’s a promise.
Personally, I’m way excited about this. You know how you can use “Extensions” to add to or modify the functionality of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser? Well, one component of the Plasma project is to allow that sort of functionality, for your desktop. Apparently this function is already available in Mac OS X’s latest incarnation.