openSUSE 12.1 - two months later
As you know, for me, openSUSE 12.1 was a flop. I was so looking forward to the distro, and then it disappointed me, on two separate occasions. On my high-end machine, the repositories were all broken, so I could not have Nvidia drivers, as Gods of the Internet intended, plus the media playback was flaky. On the low-end machine, BTRFS setup was buggy and the performance sucked. I vowed to delete the openSUSE 12.1 installation from my multi-boot setup and revert to the previous version. But then I didn't.
I decided to wait a little and see how things worked out. I knew that the repository issue was just the matter of time, which however does not diminish the significance of the earlier findings in my reviews. Approx. two months after the distribution was officially released, I connected the external disk to my laptop and fired it up. First, I enabled the Nvidia community repository, and this time it worked fine. Then, I ran zypper and let it grab everything.