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glad to say i can answer my own question here.
what i did is the following.
i made a mountpoint in fstab that will mount a share on the server on "/mnt/shareonserver" on boot for the user
then i made a connection to "shareonserver" with Knetattach and marked "create an icon for this remote folder"
i will not use this connection however, only the icon!! since when accessing the share through here leaves me with openoffice not being able to open files on the server.
since the location this link points to can not be altered directly i went to
where there's a nice little icon called "shareonserver.desktop"
a simple right click on this icon and change the URL to "/mnt/shareonserver/"
since i only encountered this problem so far with the 2 only not-native-kde-apps OpenOffice and The Gimp in the SuSe desktop, if its not a Kde problem, or maybe a combination of both.
after browsing around for this problem i think (correct me if i'm wrong)
it might be an issue of office not supporting the KIOslaves, or the other way around ofcourse depending on your vieuw.
don't know if there's a way around this using a different protocol, meaning it would be a SuSe issue.
i'm not that experienced with either SuSe or Kde, and was luckily enough able to figure (more or less by accident) out the quick and dirty solution mentioned in the post above when installing a desktop for a user (my boss)who's completely computer illiterate. and therefore would like to know if there's someone able to find an easier and more elegant fix to this problem.