In openSUSE 11.0, the network setup is by default controller by “NetworkManager” and this is different from the traditional netcontrol. With NetworkManager, users control the Network Interfaces. To confirm this, in GNOME from Computer – Yast – Network Devices – Network Settings, check for option “User Controlled with Network Manager” under Network Setup Method. Or, check for the line ‘NETWORKMANAGER=”yes”‘ in /etc/sysconfig/network/config file.
This may not be a viable option to use on SUSE enterprise Desktop as in a enterprise environment you wouldn’t want the user to modify or control network settings.