Why does Debian require me to compile a driver for my wireless card...
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If the driver has been compiled for ubuntu, you can most likely get it in binary form for debian as well. There are several add-on repositories for debian that can be added to your sources.list to provide non-free packages. Debian Multimedia comes to mind.
Also make sure you have enabled non-free and contrib in your sources.list.
Finally, google around and check the manufacturer's website for the .deb package final. One option is to download the .deb package from ubuntu's repository and then install it using dpkg, but while this will probably work it is not recommended since there are slight differences in ubuntu packages.