Oooh, kickoff looks very Vista-ey. I think I'd like it if it were terminologically (hey it seems to really be a word!) more linux-esk. Now those are some really make up words in those sentences!
I have a decent KDE setup that I just customized yesterday on my Gentoo system. I think the biggest thing lacking is indeed some kde menu customization, maybe I'll give this "kickoff" a try. I switch between XFCE4 and KDE, snappy and somewhat sexy vs very sexy.
Thanks for the links!