Since I have several times been rather loud in my… we’ll call it “encouragement”… for Google to provide IMAP access to their hosted GMail mail, it’s only fair that I’m equally loud in my gratitude and accolades now that they’ve done just that!!
Although they don’t explicitly list KMail as a supported client on their setup page, it, of course, works just fine. And I’m ecstatic that I can now get rid of one more layer of technical complexity (okay, it’s a stupid, ugly, storage-duplicating hack, just like everybody else has had to do) in my email setup.
Google: you have made a big step just now in not doing evil. Thank you!!! Please give everyone involved in GMail over IMAP a big raise. =:)