With the upcoming openSUSE 12.3, the TeX installation is much more modular - but contains now all of TeXlive. Werner added a nice trick to install packages.
If you get an error like:
LaTeX Error: File `multirow.sty' not found.
You can now easily install the missing package with just saying "zypper in 'tex(multirow.sty)'".
Similar, if a font file is missing, e.g. you get a message like this:
! Font U/pzd/m/n/10=pzdr at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.you can install the file with "zypper in 'tex(pzdr.tfm)'".
So, with the new capability 'tex', you can easily install missing files.