> Whatever is going on here with Blue Systems backing
> multiple KDE distributions (which is a little bit of
> a head scratcher really)... whomever steps up to
> provide financial support for Kubuntu needs to have
> the ability to go after commercial products based on
> Kubuntu..and branded as Kubuntu...without being
> shackled by restrictions imposed by Canonical.
Lots of "open source companies" invest in upstream projects without being able to commercialize the upstream trademark.
The owner of Blue Systems needs the KDE packages in Ubuntu as a base for his Netrunner OS, so he obviously wants them to be in the best possible shape. Apparently he decided that sponsoring Kubuntu is a good way to do that.
And if he needs a brand to make money, he can use this "Netrunner" brand, of course.