People trying vainly to get linux boxes connected to a wireless router shudder with horror when they hear this word “ndiswrapper”. That’s apparently the only lameass way to connect linksys wireless adaptors in linux. Here’s a good tutorial about how to do this. Here’s a step-by-step set of instructions and a comprehensive list of drivers for each card.
This is utter madness. I actually googled my network adaptor before buying it, but apparently gentoo doesn’t include ndiswrapper support in their LiveCD. I probably will be wiping my half-installed gentoo machine clean and just installing Fedora, but apparently the same issue exists with all linux distributions.