I found the same thing, and did not find a "cure". I did, however, find a great solution.
Get the apt-get package for SuSE http://linux01.gwdg.de/apt4rpm/
. Install it, and set the sources to the correct SuSE update links.
Then, install Synaptic. This provides a nice, YAST-like gui that allows you to find and update packages easily.
A graphical frontend called Synaptic can be obtained from the apt component "suser-rbos". Synaptic is made available in the kde menu "System". Synaptic can be launched from a (ordinary) user login by executing in an xterm, konsole, etc:
sux -c /usr/sbin/synaptic
Synaptic can be executed from root as well. At first you must allow others to write on your X-display by executing the command "xhost +localhost" as ordinary user. As root set your DISPLAY variable (export DISPLAY=:0.0). Now execute /usr/sbin/synaptic.
WARNING! Don't enable the section containing "experimental" packages unless you are willing to risk an unstable system.