I recently saw on Francis blog some screenshot of the new artwork and it looks very good.
I'm a suse user for many years and I'm currently using the 10.2. I might take the plunge on the beta and upgrade.
One element of the overall GUI of opensuse (and most linux distributions) that I find a little weak are the fonts. I don't know if the subpixel rendering will be enabled but that would be a first good step. I saw the greeter screenshot and it doesn't seem to have it enabled.
The font in the screenshot looks similar to the default fonts on 10.2 and the defaults could be improved IMO. They give to KDE a "rough" edge.
I have on my desktop the ms fonts (Tahoma/arial/verdana) but there are many other nice fonts that come with suse and have nice smoothing that could be good candidates for default fonts. I usually get lost in the fonts because each one seem to react differently... some have nice smoothing some do.
Another default parameter that could be "improved" is the DPI. At 85 DPI, the truetypes look similar to windows but with the default (100?), the sizes are funky with the default parameters (a 10 size doesn't look like a 10 on windows).
At last, another font problem is Java swing. By default, it looks quite ugly. There seemed to be some script that configured in the past for jdk 1.4 the fonts but that doesn't work anymore with JDK 5 and 6. Better default fonts for Java applications would make a massive difference on the end user experience.
I'd be willing to help but I don't understand much about how fonts work :-P
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