I've tried the Gnome edition (1 CD rather than the monster DVD), and Mint will be being put back on tomorrow.
There are two major problems with openSuSE:
1. You get absolutely everything. There is no attempt to tailor the installation to any "audience", so the Gnome control panel is cluttered with obscure options such as "Avahi SSH Server Browser" and "GStreamer Properties" and Yast2 (the equivalent of MintConfig) is even worse - there are so many icons the list is three times the physical height of the screen!)
2. The package manager falls far short. It has been rewritten for 10.3, but a course in user interface design would have been useful before doing the rewrite; it has a two-pane view with Install> and <Remove buttons between the panes which, unless I am missing a trick, is horribly awkward to navigate as I find myself forever scrolling through lists. It has the particularly odd feature that, if a package is installed, it is shown in both
lists - "Available" means "installed plus may be installed", rather than "may be installed" which I would have expected.
The package manager is also brittle regarding timeouts (a problem just now when the servers are probably red-hot) and pops up warning boxes unexpectedly ...
Synaptic's three-pane view is so much easier to use, and it feels more polished and robust anyway.
That said, the package manager has a nice feature in that bundles of packages can be specified as XML files then double-clicked to install. This is a sort of controlled version of automatix2 and goes halfway to doing what Mint does, but you are still only getting the packages in the core distribution without refinements.
The killer, for me, is that Firefox plus embedded Java applets (the JRE having to be downloaded and installed separately) bombs out every time an appropriate Web page starts up. I need that combination of components for my work intranet.
Another feature that crashes is the desktop search (what a surprise!) in the usual sneaky way - the daemon fails silently and I am left wondering why there are no search results being returned.
Mind you, the whole thing looks very nice ...