I'd not worry about whatever review you heard that on.
Where did you hear it, anyway?
The only distros that require RPMs are, AFAIK, SuSE 8.1 and earlier. I believe 8.2 will function just fine with the installer .run file. If you do have 8.1 or earlier, there is a link to the RPMs that SuSE built from these drivers on the driver download page.