Just as a matter of interest, why did you find installing and updating packages on SuSE more difficult than on Mandriva? Admittedly urpmi is easier to use from the command-line than YaST, but I've not found much functionally different from the GUI perspective.
Well it was just the fact that if I clicked on an rpm it would open up this stupid window that said did I want to install it with yast or put the path into yast. When I clicked on install with yast nothing would happen!! If I did the other one I would then have to go into yast, find the package and then install it. With mandriva its just one click, put in root password and then done.