OK, that is the same chipset I've got. Either linuxant
should get you going. I use ndiswrapper and haven't had any problems, but I know that isn't a universal opinion. The INSTALL file for ndiswrapper is actually pretty clear and if you follow it, it should work. That said, the 0.8 version has given people some difficulty so if that doesn't work try dropping back to 0.7. Or try the 0.9 pre release if you are feeling brave.
I do love the manual nature of Linux, it brings the hobby aspect back to computing.
I hate to say this, but it sounds like we have another Slacker in the making.....