So I did the right thing, I researched which wireless cards are guarenteed to work in Linux and decided on the Orinoco Gold which is sold by Proxim. I ordered it on friday and got it on monday (yesterday), wow, fast I was impressed.
And I was excited. I have used wireless cards on my laptop quite a bit, actually. Whenever I go to a coffee shop, I get one from the coffee-selling girls, and it works out of the box. My computer even makes a happy noise when I stick it in the slot.
It was this happy noise which I was anticipating excitedly when I got my new Orinoco card. I even took my headphones off so I could hear it (I forgot that my headphones were plugged into my computer so I wouldn't hear it if I took off my headphones, but forget about that).
I put the card in. No lights, no sound, no magic. What could have gone wrong?! This is the card with the name of the kernel module! It even has the name of the kernel module on the outside of the card!
But alas, Proxim has renamed their orinoco wireless card "gold" to "Gold Classic" and started selling some other card which does not use the same chipset as the "classic" card. I needed the "Classic" one to work in linux.
I guess I should update the wiki where I got my information. Now can I return it to this internet store that I talked about in my last diary entry? Stay tuned.