A few comments and corrections
Thanks for the nice review! I'm an old openSUSE user, spent a year on an Arch-based distro, and now I'm back on openSUSE and happy to be here again. It is indeed a nice, stable choice for people who want to get to work without hassling constantly with the distro.
Small correction: the Gnome Weather app is present on the Gnome Live image, although I uninstalled it. Gnome Software is also installed by default, and it seems to work OK. It's just that the amount of available applications are so limited in Gnome Software. I wish openSUSE would write its own "Software Center" type of app, like Ubuntu has.
> "openSUSE uses its own cross-desktop YaST software manager, which looks and functions more or less the same in both GNOME and KDE — something of a rarity in software managers"
Actually, the software manager *IS* the same in both Gnome and KDE. It's the QT interface that is being used across the board, although the rest of the YaST modules have an available GTK interface.. There is a YaST sw_single module coded in GTK too, but it has major bugs and has been jettisoned in favor of the less buggy QT sw_single module.
> "If you'd like to have the stable base, but want something closer to a rolling release distro, there's always Tumbleweed.®"
This isn't technically correct. Unlike the old Tumbleweed branch, which updated user apps on top of the most current openSUSE released version, the new Tumbleweed (https://news.opensuse.org/2014/10/24/tumbleweed-factory-rolling-releases-to-merge/) is actually a proper rolling release where everything is continually updated, including the kernel and drivers and the rest of the base system. My personal trick for achieving something close to a rolling distro with a stable base is install the openSUSE fixed release (13.2 at the moment) and then adding selected OBS repositories to make most of the user apps roll with the latest version without touching the OS core. Pretty nice compromise, in my opinion.
Thanks again for the article!