Not to be a bastard, but if this means we'll be getting Kubuntu with a vanilla KDE, I'm all for it. Kubuntu has been making bad decisions for as long as I've been using it. They inexplicably removed the "GO" button from Konqueror in KDE3, they dropped KDE3 way too soon, and now they've dropped Konqueror from the default desktop. Oh, and the defaults for Dolphin are really weird in 11.10. I'm not going to get into it.
Actually, I'm mostly a Slackware user now, and Kubuntu probably played a role in that. So thanks, Kubuntu.
If Canonical wants a successful Desktop, they should send that money to Tim Pearson to develop Trinity. I know it's not going to happen, but I am SO not kidding! Say, I guess I AM a bastard!