Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
My previous experience with SuSE was with the 10.1 version of the product, which while worked for what I wanted, tended to be a bit sluggish on my AMD Athlon XP 2600 and I changed to KUbuntu in the meanwhile.
I have always liked SuSE as it seemed to be the most efficient at getting hardware to work out of the box with a minimum of fuss; that came at a performance hit. I have liked Debian based distros as well, for their speed I feel and still do that Debian based distros leave the RedHat and SuSE's of the world in their wake for sheer optimisation of speed.
Nothing new here except the background and the splash screen. Seems that the developers at OpenSuSE have taken great interest in the Microsoft / Novell deals of late and seen to distance themselves from it by re-branding SuSE to OpenSuSE in the distro. Personally I think that it is much too early to judge Novell on their decision to "jump into bed with the beast" in regards to this.