Maybe I'll try the custom again and basically deselect EVERYTHING... well almost everything, and see what yast says.
btw the pc's have 6GIG HDs so space isnt a problem, its the low memory.
I looked at the projects on the opensuse site, there were two: minisuse and spike... neither one seem to have made anything available.
I was hoping to maybe see a smaller kernel, and alot of stuff stripped out. Its been years since I compiled a kernel, maybe its time for me to learn again
I'll add that to the list after mowing the lawn