SUSE announced that they are making big changes with this SP. In the past they have only done minor changes and updates. This time the changes are a little bigger than normal. They are updating the Kernel to version 3 and adding BRTFS. This is a big change in the way they are doing business. For all the details check out this article.
Just as they announced this Linux Torvalds took a few shots at them about their, in his opinion, over bearing security. We have to agree that some areas like requireing root to change the timezone. If you want to see some more of his comments check out htis link.