I have been using Suse (KDE) since version 9.1 and currently have four computers running 10.3. I consider it a stable distribution. Yesterday I decided to re-install 10.3 GM on one of the boxes that I use for testing new applications. To clean out any accumulated unused junk. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Kaffeine and xine-ui did not work. The audio was there, but not the picture. Yes, I ran the online update after installing. Yes, I removed all of the crippled software with Yast. Yes, I re-installed xine and then Kaffeine via the Packman repository only using Yast. But when I try to view an Xvid movie xine-ui tells me that the Xvid codecs are not installed. I spent the next six hours following links on this site, linuxquestions.org, and even the one-click install on Restricted Formats/10.3 - openSUSE-Community. Every single one ran into dependency problems that I could not resolve. I even tried deleting everything and re-installing from different Packman repositories.
The good news is that I had backed up my entire 300 GB drive to an external drive and after four more hours of copying I was back in business with the former bloated software installation. I decided to try again when I have 14 hours (including original backup) to waste.
The bad news is this question from me, a dedicated Suse user. How can we expect the real world to move to Suse when a seasoned user (me) still cannot unravel an essential function (movie playing) in a timely fashion. Yes I know all about DRM and legal requirements, but Ubuntu works right out of the box and lets me play the same movies less than 10 minutes after the installation is finished.
That’s my rant of the day. Sorry to take your time.