Looking at the world economic situation and a shortage of developers, not only with openSUSE but other distros this is really a bad time to be trying to develop a new system.
Companies and people are just not spending and a change over to a new system even if free still would cost money when most corporations are looking at ways to cut expenses, not add more by changing over to a new system.
Individuals are doing their best just to retain their current job or jobs plus maintaining what they are working on for whichever Linux system they are currently involved with. Adding to this at the current time would create further hardships on all. I am not stating adding SLES is a bad idea but at the current time it just might be hard starting this up to where it will lead to success down the road. People to include developers are facing hardships and this idea in better times would attract a lot more developers and people of interest than trying to create a system when financial problems beset most of the world.
I am not against starting SLES but we all need to look ahead and make sure we have the ability to support this in the future. It is fine to select names but do we have the actual real time support to keep this going until the end, have support to maintain the system once it is finalized? Another words, do we have the base to support this entire idea and to further maintain it?
PeterPac InNetInvestigations-Forensic SLED/openSUSE