I think you can download the DVD iso from one of SuSE's servers (they also have an FTP install option). If you're new to Linux, it might be worth buying SuSE online (I think Amazon has the best prices I've seen) because you get manuals. I don't have much use for the user manual, but the administrator manual is pretty decent. FYI, the upgrade contains a full version of the software and administrators manual, the only thing missing is the user manual. You could just get the 'upgrade'.
As I said, I can't remember if the driver was on the install DVD or if I got it from YOU, so it might be best to do the install with your computer plugged in via your ethernet card. If you can't get YOU to connect during the install, just try again after it finishes. I think I had some problems with the initial attempt to connect. Here's the DHCP bug-fix I mentioned: http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/se...cp_client.html
This driver isn't SuSE specific, so I'm sure you can get it to work with other distros...I just happen to think SuSE has some of the best out of the box support. Apparently others agree: