i just tried 11.1 (gnome) and have to say i can live without it. the package manager was quirky, the slab menu is too much information at once, and getting my tv tuner card configured was an excersise in futility.
i'm sure open suse is wonderful for some people, but even if it did run perfect for me, it wouldn't offer me anything that debian doesn't. to me, nothing beats debian/ubuntu on most computers. but, to each their own.