Re: How best to replace NetworkManager with wicd?
Hi Claudius, hi everyone,
Am Sonntag, 12. Februar 2012 schrieb Claudius Hubig:
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >Sometime back I moved one of my laptops from using Gnome to using a wm
> >(i3 at present). I have been slowly trying to learn the various
> >functions that the Gnome DE does in the background (hides from the
> >user) so that I can replace the Gnome-related-software to software
> >which is desktop independent.
> Network Manager per se is not connected to Gnome and runs just fine
> with XFCE, KDE and even from the command line (you will have to
> create connections manually, though).
No, at least not for KDE. Just use plasma-widget-networkmanagement which
in the meanwhile became quite nice. The version in wheezy/sid is nicer
than in squeeze. But the same is true for network manager it self.
Network Manager 0.9 was the first version that I really found usable.
Before I tried wicd sometimes, but either the KDE/GTK guis of it did not
respond to clicks or wicd did some wierd misconfiguration - AFAIR it
changed hostname to what was told by DHCP which is an absolute no-go to me
since it breaks DBUS and more. After that last occurence I ditched wicd
faster than you can spell apt-get purge - so to say. (I had this with
earlier versions of network-manager as well, I purged it quite a lot.;)
Network Manager 0.9+ is fine for me. It connects to every WLAN I thrown at
it, including the WPA PSK RADIUS - insert some more bull^W^W^W acronyms to
make you happy - whatnot WLAN at work. I simply put in the data I was told
to use for authentification and it worked out of the box. And at a customer
it was just the same, told data and it worked. That wasn´t that
consistently the case for me with earlier versions of network manager.
Heck, Network Manager 0.9+ even retries DHCP several times which helps
while my ASUS WL-500g Premium router boots Debian from the USB-Stick after
it loaded the Linux kernel from internal flash - for some reasons that
sometimes takes longer.
So this new version of Network Manager was really a pleasant surprise to
me as I disliked previous versions quite much. First time I do not need to
know how it works. Like in K3b for CD/DVD burning and copying ;).
Only thing I did have some issue was OpenVPN, but I only tried it once and
maybe I misconfigured it.
Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald - http://www.Lichtvoll.de
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