I don't understand why but it appears the libxine 1 must be replaced before the system (Amarok etc) will play mp3s.
I found that answe at http://susediary.blogspot.com/2006/0...-approach.html
I had a lot of trouble installing software with Yast, smart and just using rpm because of dependencies and conflicts - I am on dial-up so installing downloading software is really a pain in the butt, but once I followed the guide at the abopve site and used the new included "rug" everything was fixed and it is ok now. I suspect Novell wants you to register with them before getting all the updated files because after I registered everything fell into place an all was well again. I am not sure why, perhaps something with the government,perhaps they just want to know what systems are running Suse 10.1., but it definitely made a big difference once I used the "Online Update Configuartion" that registers with Novell.
I haven't check to see if I can run AVI files, but want to make sure that works as well. It all wasn't bad - just wished I had known ahead of time so I would not have wasted so much time experimenting.