Same here, nothing wrong with having a few Gnome packing in your system. I also use KxStudio on top of Kubuntu, so I bring a load of packages in from there too. Who really care what packages you have in your distro? it's what you do with it that counts:D
Yah, I have a Verizon Actiontec router on my network at home too. But I don't trust Verizon at all, why I have a second router between theirs and my network. This protects me from Verizon and doubly from the outside world.