I'm waiting for the upcoming linux mint x86_64 release so thought I'd try out the new opensuse 11.1 for kicks. I last tried out opensuse sometime early in the 9.x series and was unhappy with the desktop performance, everything felt sluggish and bloated compared to other KDE distros. This isn't a review or anything, just a rant.
Grabbed the KDE4 x86_64 livecd, ran a successful media test and went to install it... unfortunately after the boot process X wouldn't initialize. I was left with a blank screen, hitting CTRL-ALT-F1 got me into a console (that I couldn't see) so I hit alt-ctrl-del and rebooted. This time I tried to boot with failsafe and VESA but encountered the same problem. The next time I booted in textmode, logged in as root and had a look at the xorg.conf file to see what the problem was.
I've got zero idea what autodetection stuff Novell use but I decided to just strip out everything from the Monitor section except the identifier and let X do the detection. This got me into KDE...
Option "CalcAlgorithm" "XServerPool"
I went through the install (the partition manager needs serious work) and rebooted, fixed X again and got a desktop. Lasted about 30 minutes before I formatted the partition. I went to post the problem on the opensuse forum just in case anyone else had the same trouble with their monitor (or the other things I encountered and had to fix) ... but couldn't register due to a server error. Fun.
This is completely biased by the way, a distro that came from anyone but Novell I'd probably be a lot more patient with. I just keep hearing wonderful things about suse from people and everytime I try it I come away frustrated with the experience.
Relevant hardware: Samtron 76E, Nvidia 8800GTX