Thanks goes out to those who came before me.
v10 installed (as the default option in a dual boot config - with XP Pro, on my laptop) about as to be expected. That is to say, with but a few errors.
I've widdled the dozen down to the following. All config issues save one, imo.
1. following packages did not complete during install..
/begin rhetoric... how concerned should I be?
2. my EPSON Photo R220 printer was not found, and couldn't be added.
more than likely because of...
3. cannot browse the local network...
can now browse LAN
NIC is config'd for no firewall
Wireless isn't used at home (the ever presenet Intel Pro 2200BG)
4. file swith the extension svgz, are not showing when browsing for images/wallpaper
Sure, there are going to be other issues as I get further along. At first glance, I'm enjoying it. I want to learn to navigate soley via the command line. I've used it a few times already. Though, switching to root isn't as easy as I thought it would be. How can I do that during initial login? The password is being denied (yet clearly the pw is correct as I've used Yast a few times already).
However, my journey from the dark side is in its infancy, and yet my first steps into the light are enjoyable.
Note. ease off on the dumping of MS totally, can't happen, need for my work.
Any guidance on the above is greatly appreciated.