Actually the issue is more from KDE 4, from what I remember reading KDE4 purposely limits root access so using normal root terminals kde4 apps wont work without extra commands.
I have experienced this myself, when using something with a sudo based system such as Ubuntu Dolphin opens with sudo dolphin, but on Mandriva when you input su and pop in the root password and try to start dolphin it wont work…
But GTK file managers like Nautilus and PCmanFM work right away.
I really wish I had a 4.2 box somewhere around here, but all mine are running 4.3. I was pretty sure you could do all of that with 4.2. Currently with 4.3 if you drag a folder to the desktop you get an option of adding a folder view widget, a lancelot part, or an icon. The icon is what you would want.
If 11.0 is what will give you the most out of your computer then go for it. No one is forcing you to use 11.1, unless there’s a program that only works with 11.1. But if 11.0 is what works for you and most programs work better with 11.0 then keep 11.0 until the features you want are implemented in the newer versions of openSUSE or KDE.
It works with kde 4.2 as you can see from my screenshot.
Yo can either right click on an icon in kicker and select add to panel or drag and drop icons on the panel.
You can then right click on the icons on the panel select icon settings > application > permissions > advanced and choose to run as root