Reason I ask is I've been using SUSE Linux 10.0 (openSuse I believe) and just did a clean install of openSuse 11.1 with KDE 4, then not liking it, tried Gnome.

Well that was a bit too primitive looking for me (though I liked the utility of it).
So I installed again, all partitions the same, with KDE 3.5.

What I got looked like a mix of Gnome and the new KDE.
Is this right or did somehow the two get mixed together? (there was even a Gnome shortcut in the start menu, believe it was link to "Gnome help")

With the latest try (KDE 4) I selected some custom software options. I'm a little concerned about comments regarding stability in KDE 4 (especially since I selected custom software options) and preferring my previous GUI am wondering if I should revert to 3.5 or just stick with 10.x