Well I have finally after several installs and re installs got my linux toshiba laptop working properly. I have spent at least 40 hours attempting to get my netgear usb wg111 working and it's a miracle, it is now! I have tried MEPIS, SUSE, but finally ended up using UBUNTU
My advice for any newbies out there, like myself, save yourself headaches and install UBUNTU 5.10 ! The other distro's are good as well but the only one that worked with my usb wireless was UBUNTU out of the box. Their support page is also full of great tips and workarounds.
Now I know why they are listed as being the #1 distro at distrowatch. Thanks to Mark Shuttleworth and the team in the UBUNTU project for making linux become a household name.