Holy Crap! That works. The KNetworkManager icon still pops up though I'd like to figure out how to stop that. Or I'll just hide it in system tray. Here's the instructions:
Disabling network manager in your gnome session will not work as that is just the 'notification area' for the network-manager service. To disable network-manager, either uninstall it (which will break ubuntu-desktop package) or do this:
Stop network manager...
sudo /etc/dbus-1/event.d/26NetworkManagerDispatcher stop
sudo /etc/dbus-1/event.d/25NetworkManager stop
Create two files with only the word 'exit' in them. These files are:
I know he's talking about Gnome but it worked for me in KDE.
That's one problem solved and two to go.