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.
Which distribution introduced the transparent blue theme?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.
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.
Light grey has been the KDE colour since KDE2. KDE1 user a middle-grey tone, which was more similar to Windows.
This is a blue panel: http://keemanxp.com/blog/wp-content/...-7-desktop.jpg
THIS is a light grey panel, very similar to the KDE2 and KDE3 colour: http://static.arstechnica.net/kde45b_ars.png
If you claim that these are the same, then you are the colourblind one.
BTW, Blue has been the de-facto KDE colour since KDE2. The vanilla icon themes and wallpapers have always been blue, and the default widgets were light grey. Even if they made a blue panel (and they didn't), it is not stealing from Windows, who started with white, went to medium grey, then to some brownish tint, then to black, and now to blue.
But since GNOME fanboys have invested so much effort into convincing the world that KDE looks like Windows, they will go to great lengths to convince themselves that sticking with light grey = copying windows, because windows went from dark grey to blue.
Whatever rocks your boat. I can't wait for april when the desktop is revolutionised by a port of plasma to pure C and a window manager that can do 3d
Never used gnome 1.x or kde 1.x and i bet u haven't tried them too, so please cut the crap trolling kid.
To everyone that has been living under a rock; GUI's are going back to gray tones, with slight color added to it. KDE is even evolving the GUI design after we went back from textures to 'tatoos'. This is not just the desktop, but universal.
As usual; Gnome is ages behind the times. Gnome now has this human skin kind of color which has been the default Windows XP style. Welcome to yesterday! But don't worry; they'll upgrade to Vista's piano black with the Gnome-Shell. Maybe they'll go glossy and back after that