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Re: wireless gui configuration utility

On Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:15:10 +0000
Tzafrir Cohen <tzafrir@cohens.org.il> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:25:25PM +0800, Umarzuki Mochlis wrote:
> > Please kindly share your favorite utility that you are using daily on
> > lenny amd64/i386 so i can gain something to make my wireless
> > experience better.
> I'm using wicd, and generally happy with it.
> I tried NetworkManager and noticed it was clumsy and the command-line
> interface provided me just about nothing. wicd's commandline interface
> is slightly poorer (nothing at all), but it actually works.

My two problems with wicd (one of them is not an issue at the moment, but it

1. the memory overhead of the client (why python? it's very good for daemons
and such, not very memory efficient)
root      4634  0.2  0.3  89776  7776 ?        S    00:51   3:23 python /usr/share/wicd/wicd-daemon.py
root      4975  0.1  0.2  71264  5848 ?        S    00:51   1:17 python /usr/share/wicd/monitor.py
micha     5440  0.0  1.1 197904 23068 ?        Ss   00:57   0:37 python /usr/share/wicd/wicd-client.py

2. It doesn't support vpn which network manager does

on the other hand I couldn't find how to manually set an ip with network
manager and the wireless connection was very unstable (very frequent
disconnects requiring wireless system restarts to find the wireless network

So for the moment it's wicd for me (I have the memory to spare at the moment).

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