DigitalDud wrote:
The excuse was basically like, they wanted to create momentum or something at the expense of their users.

Distributions knows the situation of KDE 4.0 so it's up to them does they use KDE 3.5.x or KDE 4.0 as a default desktop. Many distributions has packaged KDE 4.0 so users has a option to install KDE 4.0 from repositories if they want to even if it's not used as a default.