Mmmm... Going back a bit I will have to say that my performance issue was most likely a regression or config issue. It was Kubuntu after all
To contradict my previous post about OpenSuse 12.1 being "the same", It was snappier than my Kubuntu update and usable after I disabled indexing. I got rid of it because I had no sound with games (Cold War, Doom 3 etc...) and all the usual tricks didn't work. I know many people move on from playing these old games, but I enjoy them, paid for them and want to play them when I feel like it and not have to fight with the OS to do so. So I reverted to the last distro I used that was fast and had less sound hassles (ie tricks worked), however I did prefer OS 12.1 over Kubuntu
So to bring it back to the thread topic, perhaps a set schedule is not the way to go with OpenSuse, but release "when it's ready" would be preferable to provide the most complete experience including getting sound issues with legacy software working out of the box. However an "Open Ended deadline" would be counter productive too.