Thanks for the help. I couldn’t do what you said, but you did point me to the problem.
First, I should have been more clear, that the original error was booting to the live cd.
I installed M6.G to a spare drive and it is working. but it didn’t start that way. on first
boot I had six pretty pop-ups telling me various thing were bad. when I went to try your
suggestion, it turned out i didn’t have a ./config/compiz i had ./config/compiz-1
rebooted to runlevel 3, used zypper to rm compiz, which hung. canceled, did zypper
again and it was removed. reinstalled compiz, reboot. and normal desktop appeared.
this was a clean install to an empty partition. I writing this from the M6 system, and from
the little I’ve been able to try it seems faster than my current 11.2.