Originally Posted by nevion
Wow, what an over-reacting thread this is.
No clue why they do that but I'm fairly new to opensuse but it seems they do not update much of their kernel stuff after release which includes nvidia driver. In this particular case, since it shafts laptop users, I say its actually justified to remain at the 177 series despite how much it sucks. Anywho, just uninstall the packages and install the "nvidia" way. Opensuse is pretty good about not conflicting with it.
ps. I've been an experienced ubuntu user for years and its broke things with nvidia more than once, even when I opted out of installing ubuntu's packages for drivers (too out of date). They've only recently gotten things more straightened out. Not that I agree with this archive embedded shell script bull**** either. We all know where the drivers should be.
Because they update security and severe bug fixes. They don't update for the sake of updating, if they did they would spend all their time creating new packages for all the various software and drivers.
There is of course nothing preventing you from getting the needed .spec files and creating the necessary rpms yourself.