from IRC wrote:
Shell: indolering: yes, OpenSUSE have a package freeze policy on their main repo.
Don't worry. The keyword here is "main repo". The namecoin package is in the "network" project, which is a development project. Meaning that getting updates in there will be just as quick and easy as getting it accepted for the first time.
The good thing about having it in the "network" project is that you don't depend on me for updates. Anyone can branch it and request to have their modifications included.
"Shell" does have a point, though. I know that openSUSE updates packages in their main repo in between releases, but this is usually an exception, not a rule.
I don't known much about the structure of other distros. It would certainly be advisable to check their update policies before trying to getting the package accepted.