Well I have started development or a ramp up to Mint 5 KDE. What does this mean or what am I doing? To start with I am doing a clean up of applications and deb packages in an effort to make the KDE edition smaller, faster and cleaner. Due to the nature of development of the KDE version there are some legacy and double up of packages and the best time to get rid of these is after a new stable release. My initial cut reduced the the iso image to 860MB from 998MB but there is still a long way to go to get to 700MB.
A big help to reduce size would be to convert the frontends of the mint apps to Qt so I could get rid of GTK libs and dependancies. So are there any budding Qt develpoers out there who want to help?