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I think the simple answer is that ULB-Gnome appeared only a few weeks ago, well after, I'm sure, 9.2 had completed testing and been frozen.
Now, I'd love to see a SUSE release that includes a well-done Gnome 2.8 with all the Project Utopia goodies (which ULB currently lacks). There've beem rumors lately that Novell may adopt a community support model for the non-enterprise SUSE products, rather like Redhat did with Fedora. I'd applaud that, but I'm not holding my breath.
All this is doubly frustrating because some of the more interesting Gnome work is being done by Novell, Mono, etc., developers who are clearly using SUSE or the unreleased Novell Linux Desktop. Moving a boxed SUSE consumer product from Gnome 2.4 to 2.8 and adding the other needed packages is painful and likely to fail. (Anyone out there who has built 2,8 on SUSE 9.1 using Garnome/jhbuild/CVS?)