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If you want to follow weekly progress for KDE .40, take a look at commit-digest. KDE 4.0 currently just looks the same as KDE 3.x but new themes are being worked on and the visual appearance of KDE 4.0 will be quite different from 3.x.
I'm under the impression that it's intended to be released this year. But the overriding principle is of course "it's ready when it's ready."
If you're a bit adventurous, you'll be able to use it long before then. I suspect there will be packages for Ubuntu Feisty shortly after it's released, and other distros too. KDE betas usually work pretty well.