Finally finally finally, after trying on and off for over a week, I am connected to the Internet via WiFi on my laptop, running OpenSuse.
What a bugger to figure out. Turned out I needed the firmware to be in the right file. But first I needed to learn what Firmware was, and how to operate from root.
Anyway, Woo Hoo and do a dance with a 43 year old semi-nerd who just beat the Linux that was beating me.
Sweet Day of Victory.