openSuse 12.2 will be released soon,or atleast we can hope so. Here is a list of upcoming features supposed to be shipped by default with the next version of this operating system.
In the desktop environment front, openSuse will ship KDE 4.8 Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook, the latest stable versions of K Desktop Environment. It may also ship Plasma Active, the Plasma UI for tablets and mobile phones. KDE apps and frameworks have also been upgraded to version 4.8 and one can expect better performance and stability in KDE. Talks of shipping a new KDM theme and ksplash theme is on, and kspalsh will use the qml engine, the latest technology in KDE 4.8.
For Gnome fans, Gnome version 3.4 will be integrated by default with optional stuff from Cinnamon. Xfce has been updated to version 4.10, and though not many radical changes to UI, one may expect better performance and better user experience. Razor-Qt, a new desktop environment may also get ported to openSuse.
On the boot front, we have latest bug-squashed versions of GRUB2 and plymouth fully integrated with the OS. OpenSuse 12.2 will also come with Maria DB 5.5, Firebird 2.5 and Apache Tomcat 7 as servers.
Linux kernel 3.4, Mesa 8.0 and GCC 4.7 are other attractive features of this release.
To view a list of all upcoming features, have a look at this wiki page.