I have a ubuntu desktop that has always connected to the network via ethernet. It's simple -
eth0 is there in
ifconfig, I run
dhclient eth0, and I'm good to go. It's been this way for ages.
Due to wiring constraints, I need to switch over to using wifi. There is a lot of information via google, wikipedia, et al about what is possible, which chipsets are supported, which drivers support which chipsets, and tables showing a cross-section of all of that. However, today I'm looking for a recommendation of "easiest thing to plug into your computer, and have wifi0 (or whatever) in ifconfig".
I don't mind if it's PCI or USB - I was hoping for someone to tell me "Yeah, just buy this thing, plug it in, and use this program to find the AP and connect. I did it last week, and it was simple.". Sorry for such a rudimentary question - I've been clinging to the ethernet cable as long as I could. I knew this day would come.
Bonus points for it working when installing ubuntu (or any linux distro) in the installer.