Have both Drupal 6.17 and 7.0-5 up and running on localhost

Clean URL in drupal is not available on any of them
Have been reading and reading troubleshooting,
but obviously overlooking something
and needs help.

openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64) (KDE 4.3.5)

Mysql 5.1.36-6.8.8-x86_64

apache 2.2.13-2.4.1-x86_64 (opensuse)

php 5.3.2-1.1.1-x86_64
register_global = off
safe_mode = off
pdo drivers = mysql, sqlite, sqlite2
session.cache_delimiter = nocache
session.auto_start = off

Drupal 6.17 on localhost/drupal617

In httpd.conf:
# use .htaccess files for overriding,
AccessFileName .htaccess
# and never show them
<Files ~ "^\.ht">
Order allow,deny
Deny from all

# List of resources to look for when the client requests a directory
DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var

in .htaccess
# Various rewrite rules.
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on

# If your site can be accessed both with and without the 'www.' prefix, you
# can use one of the following settings to redirect users to your preferred
# URL, either WITH or WITHOUT the 'www.' prefix. Choose ONLY one option:
# To redirect all users to access the site WITH the 'www.' prefix,
# (Example Web Page... will be redirected to Example Web Page...)
# adapt and uncomment the following:
# RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com$ [NC]
# RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301]
# To redirect all users to access the site WITHOUT the 'www.' prefix,
# (Example Web Page... will be redirected to Example Web Page...)
# uncomment and adapt the following:
# RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.com$ [NC]
# RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [L,R=301]

# Modify the RewriteBase if you are using Drupal in a subdirectory or in a
# VirtualDocumentRoot and the rewrite rules are not working properly.
# For example if your site is at http://example.com/drupal uncomment and
# modify the following line:
RewriteBase /drupal617
# If your site is running in a VirtualDocumentRoot at Example Web Page,
# uncomment the following line:
# RewriteBase /

# Rewrite URLs of the form 'x' to the form 'index.php?q=x'.
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]

linux-1ap4:~ # apache2ctl -M
Loaded Modules:
core_module (static)
mpm_prefork_module (static)
http_module (static)
so_module (static)
actions_module (shared)
alias_module (shared)
auth_basic_module (shared)
authn_file_module (shared)
authz_host_module (shared)
authz_groupfile_module (shared)
authz_default_module (shared)
authz_user_module (shared)
autoindex_module (shared)
cgi_module (shared)
dir_module (shared)
env_module (shared)
expires_module (shared)
include_module (shared)
log_config_module (shared)
mime_module (shared)
negotiation_module (shared)
setenvif_module (shared)
ssl_module (shared)
userdir_module (shared)
php5_module (shared)
rewrite_module (shared)
Syntax OK

Please help!