Originally Posted by Plan9
It's bloated and buggy. Plus lacks a lot of polish as an overall distro.
well i wont argue as you said its more about personal choice, but for the record it looked and felt almost exactly like any other KDE distro.. its just the way it is. The desktop environment (no matter what software is bundled) shapes the whole experience.. hence forth any distro with KDE feels overall incredibly samey. Breaking it down further once you have tried and got bored of all the major DE's for Linux, then Linux too becomes quite samey across the multiple different distros. Therefore you settle on one you like for the job it needs to do.
I wouldn't use it solely for a desktop workstation build but it has its place for an easy Game / HTPC as it has all the KDE trimming and the codecs ready to go. A lot of people have moved first from windows to kubuntu and that increased slice of the market is part of the reason Steam became viable
buggy? well i can talk about that. I am a Linux lover no doubt. Having said that not ONE
single distro that i have run in the last three years hasn't had a good few crashes: incompatibility issues, driver borks,random xorg / mesa / fglrx, weird swap issues, black screen on boot, odd ball messages that only have reason to seasoned coders, application locks where things wouldn't un-install without a herculean effort or just plain desktop crashes.
So, Kubuntu may be buggy and bloaty but that's because KDE is buggy and bloaty. Cinnamon is buggy and due to memory leaks that have gone unresolved for a whole year is bloaty (try 2.0gb ram on idle if you leave it on for two days), Gnome is buggy and has blaot, MATE is buggy but thankfully not too bloaty.
XFCE is god like but yes sadly i have had some odd quirks but its basically the most stable and lightweight too.
By calling Kubuntu a pile of donkey poop your calling a lot of main stream Linux releases poop too like ubuntu and its just that built in 'distro snobbery' that makes people turn away from Linux and i think there are a good helping of reasons to do that beyond 200mb extra of ram usage on idle.