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IMHO, the best SUSE release ever IF you choose KDE 3.5. The KDE4 version not mature enough.
Notably, the package manager is faster than ever before. If you install it, check out webpin (http://packages.opensuse-community.org/), to find applications that are not in the repositories.
I run openSUSE 11 on my main desktop (64-bit), and am very happy with it.
OK, this is after 2 days of use. I hope I don't regret what I say ;-)
For me, SUSE has previously been a great distro with a few drawbacks:
1) slower package management (compared to apt-get in Debian-based distros)
2) more tricky to set up non-free & multimedia items (compared to Automatix for Ubuntu, for example)
3) somehow "heavy" feel - unexplainable
In this newest release, 10.3, these issues have been addressed in a visible way. The package management is a LOT faster, and using zypper from the command line is pretty close to apt-get experience now.
Getting non-free items has become very easy - YaST now has a module "community repositories", where you can simply tick boxes to include repos like Packman, VideoLan, NVIDIA & ATI. Flash and Java are installed _by default_.
Traditional strengths of SUSE are still present - Very good laptop support, for example easier to set up WPA connections than in Ubuntu. Excellent configuration tools in YaST. Great attention to detail, and especially well thought out KDE desktop (I don't use GNOME).
It would be 10, but I drop it to 9, because my installation had a few quirks. They may not affect many people, but I'll list them:
1) One still can't install Crossover office without manually changing ulimit in /etc/sysconfig/ulimit
2) A software kill switch I use for my Laptop didn't compile in 10.3, even if it did in 10.1. But solution hack was found. This may not be SUSE's fault though.
But these are minor things. I have to say that so far this looks like a pretty good release. Definitely the best choice for my laptop.
OpenSUSE is raising it's game. 9/10