Originally Posted by moransj
Willing to learn.....
Scott, I would humbly suggest you get an ethernet cable and connect to the internet.
It will expedite finding and applying solutions to your system.
When I do a fresh install of a GNU/Linux distro (such as Fedora), I like to be connected solidly thru ethernet: install, then apply updates (and bug fixes).
Most of the time, this process will allow your system's components to work "out of the box." If not, then a particular piece of hardware may need a proprietary driver (non-free). Non-free is not packaged with any GNU/Linux distro; so you have to activate a Non-free repository to get the driver you need. In Fedora's case, the non-free repository is RPM Fusion
Once the non-free repository is activated on your system, locate and download (install) the needed driver with Fedora RPM package manager (again connection to internet needed).
If you are unable to find a driver for your particular hardware component; I suggest this inexpensive usb wireless adaptor that can be found on http://www.newegg.com/
TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bits WEP WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)
I believe if you give it a chance, you will find GNU/Linux to be liberating and useful. I myself stepped away from Macs a couple of years back, and solely use GNU/Linux machines for my work and play