i'm a long time windows user, but i'd like to make the switch

in order to do this without loosing to much functionality i have installed ubuntu on a little system i have on the side. problem is that i have to get the wifi installed (i was hoping it would be recognised automaticly, but unfortunatly this did not happen)

the wifi hardware i am trying to install is a edimax usb wifi stik using the AR 5523 chipset.

how do i install this?? (and can i do this without a net connection?)

please take into account that i am a linux newbie,