Boo wrote:what i was hoping for was one boot/reboot into the chosen OS and then switch back to the former default.
I may have to look at this again.
Is this what you mean? I thought this was a KDE thing, not a distro-related thing. (Click thumb for larger view.)
(openSUSE's GRUB "controls" my PC. You can choose which OS you want to boot into from the Restart menu in either KDE 3.5 or KDE 4, which means you don't have to make a selection from the GRUB menu when the computer restarts. The next time you reboot, it boots into the GRUB default (unless you make another selection), as defined in "menu.lst". Making a selection from the Restart menu does not change the default selection.)