That worked OK, and I ran ndiswrapper for a while. Then I noticed that I was having some instability, especially after I upgraded to the latest versions of the Linux kernel, and as I tried different things to find a fix, I came to the conclusion that ndiswrapper was the culprit. So I went back to searching for a way to get my wireless card to work without ndiswrapper, using native Linux drivers. Turns out it was easy.
Many Linksys cards (and other brands as well) use the Broadcom B43 chipset, but the version of the hardware isn't quite compatible with the firmware that comes with current Linux distros. Luckily, there's a B43 firmware update available. To install it, get connected to a wired connection, open a terminal and type these commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
Bada bing! The wireless card comes on-line. Now, if you haven't done it already, right-click the network icon in the menu panel, and select "Edit Connections". Click the Wireless tab, and add a connection (or edit the existing one). Enter the SSID of your wireless network and enter your security key, and you should be good to go!
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