I got it working calling!
Thank you for your suggestion bruce1271!
Here is what I did to make VNC work in SuSE 8.2 the same way it does in redhat 9.
I copied the following files from my redhat machine to my SuSE machine using the same directory structures:
At this point it still wasn't working. I messed around with ita bit and looked through all the scripts to see if there was anything I was missing. Eventually I figured out what that the problem was I didn't add the proper permissions to the files. To rectify the problem I added the proper permissions to the files so it matched the file permissions on the redhat machine. (I didn't realize execute permissions don't get copied with the file. Coming from a windows background I usually forget about this step)
# chmod +rwx /root/.vnc/xstartup
# chmod +rw /root/.vnc/passwd
# chmod +rwx /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc/Xclients
# chmod +rwx /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc/xinitrc
# chmod +rwx /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc/xinitrc.d
To complete the setup I created a vnc startup script saved as vncserver.sh in my home directory with the following command line in it:
# vncserver :99 -name DoppersVNCserver -depth 16 -geometry 992x560
The command I specified also allows me to connect to my vnc server remotely through the the java client at http://dopperscomputer:5899/
It fits perfectly in my webbrowser window without having to scroll or resize windows when I run the client machine at 1024x768 resolution in 16 bit color in my mozilla webbrowser.