I have been testing the new KDE 3.5 beta1 split ebuilds for the past few days. A few of them are failing to build here, but noting essential. Overall it is looking good. I am keeping regular backups of my email just in case, but the new version of kmail seems much snappier than any previous release I have every used. Some of the new features such as the image view mode of konqueror are certainly nice, as well as the addition of superkaramba and its installer. Notifications of device insertion also work well here and the beta seems pretty stable here.