Sequel to 'buggy' Serialmonkey rt2x00 question, a correction
After a while, however, my slackware-12 improvisation ceased to work well, requiring more than one boot to get it going.
I then used the new inet1 and wireless conf files (I had kept the old when they seemed to work with my extra script), and the machine complained that something had already secured the dhcp address!
I removed my script from the starting process, reasoning that that which had not worked before now did, and all went well.
The answer to my question, therefore, is "yes" if the correct configuration scripts are used, and old remedies left as historical pleasures.