well i have finally got around to configuring the Gentoo installation on my desktop.
i was using kde4 but decided to go back to kde3.5 for just now. might move to fluxbox or something else but for now i've got other things to worry about.
system setup is
Gentoo Linxu + Kde 3.5.10 + Compiz-Fusion + Emerald
so far its running like a charm, had a couple problems installing jabref and kile but its up and running now.
Clean (kde kicker + conky)
Dirty (songbird, Digsby, Konsole, Conky, with compiz and emerald)