CJCox please go back and reread my post.
Yes I use the term noob a lot, but also read the reasoning why I DID reccomend Suse once upon a time, and why I no longer do. Primarily there is a different distro that does the job much better.
Yes there are thousands of users on Suse, then again there are thousands of users that dont understand that you dont nesscarily need a boxed distro to have a good distro, and many more thousands that use other distros. That has little to do with wether or not a distro is a good choice. I would also wager a guess there are thousands of users the agree with my opinion on Suse as well, as not only here but on an Audio forum I post it tends to be a general thought process as well that Suse is to bloated these days to be very useful or truly representative of what linux can do to the newcomer.
Its nice that there are/were linux engineers working on it. There are on many other projects as well. I make no assumptions about what does or does not have kernel devs working on it to be honest, I would venture a guess that the majority of kernel devs these days are on a corporate payroll to do that anyways, wether that corporation be Novell, Red Hat, IBM etc. Does that naturally make those projects better? No not really. Can it reflect on some of the experience going into it, yep. But then again there are no kernel devs that some of those kernel devs listen to when they present a problem that work on other projects because they are that good, they just choose not to work on the kernel for whatever reason.
Linux Torvalds, while I respect him greatly, also favors KDE. Personally I dont, neither do many people here all for their own reasons. A LOT of things in Linux come down to personal preference. That is what is so great about linux. Something works better for one person does NOT work better for most. In fact I would be willing to bet the majority of say audio professionals or hobbyists on linux dont run KDE as it tends to slow things down, depends on arts to much, etc. when there are better out there etc. But does that mean it doesnt work better than the alternatives for Linus? Nope.
Suse, Mandrake, And Fedora to its own extent tend to be nood distros because that is what the newcomers to linux know. They know what gets the most publicity, what gets offered by vendors or sold off the shelf. Does it say anything about them by itself other than newcomers tend to start there and then move on if they move on... Probably not. My thoughts on Suse come from more than that in my experience, I have also had similar experiences with RedHat(Before it was Fedora) and Mandrake, so it is not alone.
Then again those that never move on from those distros, may not realise what they are missing. If they are happy and content more power to them. If not they will hate linux and consider those distros to be representative of something that they really arent, which is how most of linux itself operates.
But I will not say Suse is the best choice for noobs these days anyways, or even for those that are not. That is why I reccomend Ubuntu, as it tends to be the best distro for most desktop purposes for those that want something easier to use than Gentoo or just want a general purpose distro. I believe i have already posted what I find to be Linux's true strength, and it isnt the desktop, it is how flexible it is and the fact it can be customized to anything, desktop, embedded etc. If I havent posted it here I can I suppose, though it will take a bit of typing to explain it throughly. Funnily enough I didnt have this view several years ago, before I tried things like Gentoo or LFS(Yes I even did that fun once or twice), before I started looking at projects like Myth, or Familiar, and realising the potential of linux if it was truly brought out and customized. Now I have to agree that it is strongest when customized for a purpose, something Suse and the others cant do easily. I consider this a weak point for them, even for Ubuntu, though Ubuntu and Fedora arent as bad as Suse or Mandrake in this regards IMO, they are still weaker than other distros for this purpose.
And by the way, the poll was for the most popular distro on NoteBookForums not in general, as this is not the best venue for determining that...
I think if you look at it, Suse is FAR from the most popular on NBF, while it is more popular than others, and could have been switched around, ABF didnt know that when he made the poll, thus he went with what he guessed.