Hey Snecklifter !
I ran into a slew of problems getting X to start, and a bunch of other things were broken with the new kernel (should have done make old-config... live and learn
...).... then, when I went to work the next day, my colleague had a brand new copy of SuSE on his desk.
Sooooo.... I installed SuSE on my laptop (which I reeeally wanted wireless), and kept Slack on my desktop, which is plugged in via Ethernet.
SuSE detected the wireless immediately, and I didn't even need to do any minor configs or anything.... go figure.
Thank you very much for your help on this, as I now know exactly what to do if I love to hate SuSE and want to stick to Slack
Thanks again snecklifter !