Systemd migration is (almost) complete You can test dracut as replacement for initrd gen. scripts (OpenSuSE have 3 of them ).
And some other infra. work that nicely update SuSE.
* sysvinit compatibility layer is still there though all suse scripts are already migrated to systemd, and its only for user own scripts
* rsyslog is still default logger, and when you remove it it will not advice you about systemd-journal being replacement..
I installed on my box with a nvidia gtx 550 ti - ironically I encountered tearing moving windows something I haven't encountered for ages. Only I couldn't seem to resolve it. So back to ub untill it matures a bit and then maybe try again.
I recently switched to opensuse 12.3 gnome, loving it so far. this is the first time I've tried opensuse in a long time, and man its come a long way. I think last time I tried to use it was 10.x/11.x and I had constant problems with package management and updates being slow and buggy to the point of being unusable. But today suse has the amazing zypper package manager, where has zypper been all my life? Its the most robust and reliable package manager I've ever used, the way it handles dependencies and 3rd party repositories is amazing. Being able to change vendors for packages and repo priorities is great. As a usage example it totally kicks the shit out of ubuntu's apt/ppa purge if you for example wanted to get rid of a 3rd party repo and go back to official packages. With zypper you can simply dup from your preferred repo with zypper or "switch installed packages to this repo" in yast and it will flawlessly handle it, with ubuntu you just have ppa-purge which doesn't even work right half the time.
The opensuse build service nicely compliments all of this too, there is a very good amount of community repos available. I was easily able to install steam and an obscure dkms driver for my laptop in a few clicks.
Opensuse is not without its flaws, permissions/groups/policykit stuff could be configured better by default, certain things like adding a printer have way too many password prompts, but I think I've found my new favorite distro, its very polished and robust.