I'm fairly new into the linux arena as well, although I learned most of my stuff from cygwin :-P. I'm not too familiar with the SuSE package manager, or even if 5.2 has one. Judging from what fouldsy said (who obviously has been doin this a lot longer than me), there is no such animal.
The good news is that unlike Windows, there are some distributions of linux where the newer distributions run just as well if not better than their previous versions, even on older machines. Also considering that you have such an old machine, I would go with a distribution that is smaller, using only the drivers you need. If you have the patience, I would go with gentoo.
Most of its installation is done with the package manager emerge, which distributes programs by source, which means that it handles compiling dependencies automatically. I believe the stage 3 tarball (explained in the gentoo handbook) includes a pre-built binary of what's necessary to install the package manager, and once you have the package manager you should be able to retreive those programs that were listed in your post.
What turns most people off of gentoo is recompiling the kernel, which judging from your post it looks like you've dabbled into that a little already.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION -- if you do choose gentoo make sure you have access to the gentoo linux handbook (http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml)
, either on a laptop or a hard copy. It walks you through the installation, step by step. Trust me, there are no instructions once you boot from that livecd.
If you choose to stick with Suse, I'll have to go with fouldsy about manually going though the dependencies. Either way, I wish you the best of luck!