Many Linux distributions offer their users a number of choices for their desktop GUI, with the default often being GNOME. For years, KDE has been the most selected choice by openSUSE users and now it’s going to be the default for the next release, openSUSE 11.2.
This is fantastic news for fans of KDE.
For better or for worse, there are many new users that will simply choose to go with the default settings, so KDE has perhaps not been given a fair shake. KDE has long been backed strongly by SUSE, long before Novell bought them out KDE was led by SUSE contributions. When Ximian and its people (including the founders of the GNOME project itself) were brought into Novell, many people (myself included) speculated on the future of KDE as SUSE.
By making KDE default, openSUSE devs were keen to point out that they are not neglecting GNOME.