Since SuSE 11.1 is reputed to mount NTFS partitions in read-write mode by default, does that mean that the YaST fstab GUI function now works with NTFS as well as FAT?
Yes. A helpful tutorial.
You can successfully use the GUI partitioner to mount both fat and ntfs partitions. The developers have selected default options whereby fat now mounts read/write but ntfs mounts more conservatively as read-only. You can use the “fstab options” button in the GUI partitioner to alter the ntfs options and make the partition mount read-write.