USB to Serial Converter - Programming Arduino PRO Mini


I would like to program Arduino PRO mini in Ubuntu platform, which USB to Serial converter works best suit for it, I got PL2303 based USB to TTL converter, Do I need drivers for Ubuntu platform Pls let me know the procedure for installing the small piece of USB-Serial converter hardware.

I am not able to program Arduino PRO mini, any guidance pls.

Note: Need to install in Ubuntu and Windows if possible

-- Thanks in Advance Thulasi