Since the last update the system has slowed to a snail pace. The splash screen lists:

openSUSE 12.1 - 3.1.10-1.9 (default)
Failsafe -- openSUSE - 12.1 - 3.1.10-1.9 (default)
Desktop -- openSUSE 12.1 - 3.1.10-1.9
Failsafe -- openSUSE 12.1 - 3.1.10-1.9 (desktop)

CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+

System Monitor CPU History reaches 100% and flattens out for a period. I presume that is the cause of slow response.

I am also receiving recommended updates for which the system has nothing installed. I was previously under the impression that the software installed was known to the update source.