I had to laugh when I saw Podagee's post. He's everywhere he's everywhere... pushing SUSE - a lot.
Thats what I call a fan!
I used to like SUSE too, and in fact I bought the commercial product way back in 2000 something. It was the only distribution that worked back then. That was before Ubuntu and when SUSE was being written by Germans (I think). ecently, after that horrble Gnome 3 interface came out and I was looking for alternatives I tried SUSE again (KDE version) and quickly got rid of it. My HP 722C nor my wireless Epson 600 (in hardwire mode) was not recognized and there was no way I could get them to work. Of course the wireless didn't work either and I could not get that to work. There were so many other problems I didn't bother trying very hard, so I swallowed hard and re-installed MINT 12 64 bit Gnome 3. It worked flawlessy and I have not had to tweak a thing (old equipment and fairly generic ASUS, NVIDIA, Intel,.Kingston, Western Digital, TP-Link, etc). I just hated the interface. SInce then I learned about Cinnamon and now I am a happy camper. This story has been true for me since Mint 9 (I keep trying other distributions when I build a new computer, especially SUSE, just to see how they are and they have always been dissapointing compared to MINT). Mint has been the only distribution that flat out works right out of the box, everytime, every computer I have built. Your prosthelytizing for SUSE isn't helping anyone solve their problems. BUT if thats how you want to waste your time have at it!
By the way I use an Nvidia card on this computer and it works great. I use an ATI 4600 on my main computer and that works fine with Mint. Everything else on that computer is pretty much state-fo the art and yet Mint worked perfectly right out of the box. No hesitation problems, or any other problems. So I do not believe the problem is as endemic as you say.