Hi ctte I just wanted to bring here an argument that came in debian-devel: the one that says that n-m does not play well with usb0 type network interfaces . I have not tested this myself, since I do not use a laptop and do not need an USB network gadget on my desktop, so I can not confirm it. But if it is true, it means that gnome chained hard dependency on network-manager is not even suitable for laptops when they need to resort to USB network cards. Another issue that has come across the discussion is about network-manager being deinstalled means n-m enabled applications break. As far as I know, n-m aware applications all have a fallback mode. My (personal) use case against network-manager is that I use pidgin, which is n-m aware, and I use a networking configuration with static interfaces (I use a static IP at home). If n-m is installed and running, pidgin does not work since it thinks there is no usable network. Deinstalling n-m (dpkg -P in my case) fixs it without needing to restart it, you just need to disable and reenable accounts. update- rc.d will do the same, but I see no point of having an unused software installed, but it comes it again on any aptitude run (together with the option of pulling gnome and al its related packages out). Also in my personal use case, n-m messing with /e/n/i is not an issue since I do not have interfaces that can get hijacked by n-m, but as it has been shown in this list, some people can have that concern. Regards Noel Torres er Envite  https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2012/07/msg00471.html
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