Yesterdays post got lost.
My Pi is now running the latest opensuse (dec 2013), it was done much the same as i would a NOOBS, using XP, and I have moved the partitions around as well.
I have a boot, swap, root and home on a 16 gig card.
zypper install joe
zypper in MozillaFirefox
zypper in yast*
and a few other things.
So I am here on my Pi and typing away using Firefox.
Still a lot to understand about all this.
I broke it again.
Did find that
xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
seemed to prefer the line below
xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4MB of=/dev/sde; sync