Default [Q] 4.4 questions

I'm still running rooted stock 4.3, but I was curious if KK fixed the default keyboard behavior. Specifically, if you picked something like swiftkey as the default keyboard, it would eventually switch back to the stock one. I workout around this by using titanium and converted it to system app, but that shouldn't be necessary IMO.

Also for those who unrooted to get 4.4, was it worth giving up root for? If so why? If not why not? If root is never achieved for 4.4, will you regret the decision?