Well, that's quite a shock...Microsoft didn't put any linux drivers or info on the CD? I must say that's not like them
*just kidding*... anyway, do you have any idea what chipset is being used in that adapter? If you do, please post it and we'll see if there's something that linux can use with it. If you don't know the chipset, look for the FCCID number printed somewhere on it or the packaging and post that, we can use that number over on the fcc's website to get a look at the insides of the device and see what chipset it's using. Pray that it's not a recent Texas Instruments chipset because you're out of luck in that case.