SuSE does not offer ISO images like other Distributions.In the past they have offered an evaluation CD that runs off the CD only but who the hell wants that! I'm a SuSE fan and will shell out the cash for 8.1 upon release.I understand you not wanting to pay for a new Distro so soon.
PS. My scanner will not work either.(HP 5470c) Scanner support in Linux kinda sucks in my opinion.