Some people are unhappy that there are patches while others are unhappy that there are bugs. I've hit bugs myself and am taking a very slow approach to deployment. I think that this is the only prudent method of deploying this software as it is cutting edge. It's not just Novell that has these problems... I've had cars that are the first gen and they have serious problems, but later models are rock solid. We're heavy users of VMWare ESX 3 and it's been a big pain on one hand and incredible on the other. MS Vista has bugs even with years of development and tons of money and testing.
I think that any complete redesign of any product is bound to have some growing pains.
But, I am happy that there are patches. I just wish they weren't so big :)