This is the desktop...
It appears as 800x600 but a click on the Display Settings icon in the tray and it was 1024x600 in a flash.
Wireless is up and running on a WEP encrypted network without a hitch.
The login sound played on startup, so I know the sound is working.
Hotkeys for brightness are working albeit without an OSD.
No hotkeys for volume, though.
A little choppy in fullscreen, but I've come to expect that with recent distros.
So, it works. If all I ever wanted to do was browse the 'net, it would do the job and do it well. However, there are other distros that do that job and are much,much smaller. BrowserOS would be one of them.
But that's my fault. I'm sure that if I were to use IceWM it could get smaller. I've no doubt that learning to build a kiosk type thing would be the way to go.
In the meantime, I'm going to look at building an OpenSuse equivalent of my current install. Just because I might learn something from it.
So, my first build, although it does what I built it for, has come as something as a disappointment.
However, I can say quite the opposite of OpenSuse Studio.
It's fantastic. It's fun. It's well engineered, ergonomic and above all it's not scary.
I think my experience shows that no matter what level you're at, you can get stuck into this and not worry about screwing it up.
Build it, test it, tweak it, test it, scrap it and start again.
Over and over until you get it right.