Thanks for the info reddazz! I knew suse had an ftp (most linux distro's do) but I never knew what was on it thanks to my router's firewall... It will not work with most ftp's!
Seems like ftp clients connect and then ask the server for a directory list which causes the it to attempt to connect back to the client on a random port and it fails to list the contents!
Yet the link was helfull because I used the path info to search for an http mirror! I found a ton of mirrors all with mostly empty folders! I think I finally found one mirror which actually has lots of Suse stuff and might be helpful... The applications folder of the gnome update folder in the suse10.0 folder was loaded!
is that similar to what's on the suse ftp if I could manage an ftp connection?
I learned some more after posting that stuff above...
Turns out that the PAN newsreader for SuSe is current!!! Just because it's old don't mean it aint current! The v0.99 announcement is for Debian and Fedora. All other versions, including SuSe are current at v0.14.2!
Hmmmm... Next time I'll read more before complaining! At least I found a good http in the process! Thanks for your patience and help though!