ok, well, i'm pretty new to all of this too, so you might want to wait for some more reply's , but here's what i would do:
on the command line, go to /usr/src/linux and type "make menuconfig". press the down arrow 'till you get to "plug and play configuration", then press space. Make sure there is (*) or (m) on each of the options (if not, use arrows to scroll and press <space> till there's a (*) in front. next, press <tab> so that the "exit" is highlighted at the bottom of the screen. this will take you back to the main list. next, scroll down to "network device support", press <space>, then scroll down to "ethernet 10 or 100Mbit" and press <space>. Now, (you should probably do all this before going through the "make menuconfig") you need to select the driver that is required for the linksys. just do a search on google or something with the name of your card and "linux" (with possibly your' kernel version). Anywase, make sure that is all o.k., then keep on exiting untill menuconfig asks you if you want to save your' new kernel configuration. say yes, then do this:
make dep &&
make bzImage &&
make modules &&
When this is all done, you need to copy the kernel that "make bzImage" made into your /boot directory (this depends on the type of cpu that you have. I do this:
cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/lfskernel (lfskernel can be replaced by whatever you want to call your kernel.
Then type "cp System.map /boot"
Now, if you are using lilo (which i hope you are, because i don't know how to use the other ones), open up /etc/lilo.conf and make sure that where it says "image=", it points to what you copied bzImage to. ex: mine says "image=/boot/lfskernel"
When this is all done, run "/sbin/lilo" and then reboot. I know this all sounds really complicated, but it is something that you can get used to pretty fast. The nice thing about all of this is that you can enable only the things that you want into your kernel (kindof like making a custom configuration for your system), this enables linux to run a lot faster than windows does. If you have any problems, post them here, and i'm sure someone will try to help you out. Good luck with it all
Last edited by adam_boz; 09-02-2002 at 12:53 AM.