Some openSUSE basic concepts, to help you come up to speed quicker in the openSUSE Linux way of doing things, are located here: Concepts - openSUSE That is RECOMMENDED reading.
If you decide to take the plunge, and go for openSUSE-11.0, then if you install from DVD, you will be given the choice for a desktop of KDE4, KDE-3.5.9 or Gnome. Don’t choose KDE4 as the KDE4 version in openSUSE-11.0 is not stable enough for most users. Choose instead KDE-3.5.9 or Gnome. I use KDE-3.5.9 myself.
If you install from a CD, and if you wish to use a Novell/SuSE-GmbH produced CD, you need to use the Novell/SuSE-GmbH Gnome CD. Don’t choose the Novell/SuSE-GmbH KDE4 CD (for if you do, you may need lots of hand holding).
KDE-3.5.9 Live CD
Alternatively, if you want KDE-3.5.9, but you don’t want to download the DVD, you could install openSUSE-11.0 from a liveCD created by the openSUSE community.
KDE-4.1 Live CD
If you want to install from a liveCD, and you REALLY want KDE4, then try the KDE-4.1 live CD created by the openSUSE community:
- openSUSE-11.0 (32-bit) with KDE-4.1 desktop. Go here for download: “KDE Four Live” CD](http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/) #this is a great package to play with KDE-4.1. RECOMMENDED (but note getting updates to KDE-4.1 on openSUSE-11.0 is rather problematic/unstable).
When I started in Linux back in 1998, I actually read for a couple of months, before I first tried to install Red Hat. If you have a similar mindset, you could start reading now, then in mid-December install openSUSE-11.1 when it is first released, where it will have an updated Gnome and a more stable KDE-4.1.2. RECOMMENDED.
I typically seed the above two openSUSE community liveCDs via bittorent, but I am in the middle of moving. It may be tuesday or wednesday next week before I start seeding them again. But you can always download them directly. Be certain to check the md5sum of the downloaded ISO file vs the md5sum on the web site, before burning.
And some newbie installation instructions:
NEWBIES - Suse-11.0 Pre-installation – PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums
Good luck and have fun deciding your choice.