So, more wireless applet hacking today. This time I fixed the build so it installs all the nifty pam magic. Patches for all. Apply this patch to the latest wireless-tools development version, and unpack/apply this one to gnome-applets CVS. You’ll want to pass something like —sysconfdir=/etc to configure to get the pam stuff working.
[Disclaimer] I have only tested this on my own machine, which is running Fedora Core 1. Other RedHat systems will probably work. Basically, “ESSID=<essid> /sbin/ifup <interface>” needs to work, and you need consolehelper.