In less than two weeks openSUSE 10.2 will be released with really edgy components. And you can download and try its release candidate today and help to find the last bugs! You will experience a complete system management suite and the best-engineered and most improved KDE and Gnome desktops available - with desktop search, 3D effects and interface usability improvements in both desktops.
openSUSE is the distribution developed by the growing openSUSE.org community and is sponsored by Novell to create the world's most usable Linux. openSUSE has the same roots and is the base of the enterprise-ready SUSE Linux Enterprise desktop and server products.
Another reason: the openSUSE project is determined to keep a clear separation between patent-free Open Source (also no binary only kernel stuff) and proprietary closed-source parts. If you want to have only the former, don't download and install the optional Addon-CD containing the latter. The openSUSE project does not plan to make these two worlds indivisible in the future.