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install wicd instead of Network Manager

Postby pottzie on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:22 pm

I'm using ndiswrapper, and am having problems with ,well, consistency as far as what happens after rebooting. I can get the pci wireless working, but when I reboot, often it's "broke" (for instance can see my network but won't connect to the internet.)
I've read that wicd works better with ndiswrapper, and I like wicd anyway, so how involved is it to install wicd, and does that mean that network manager needs to be uninstalled also?
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Re: install wicd instead of Network Manager

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:35 pm

Depends on what version of Mint you're using. When I was running Mint 9 if I installed WICD it would automatically uninstall Gnome Network Manager.

Haven't tried it in Mint 10 (no need to), but I am also using LMDE and I definitely wanted WICD with that so I can install my updates outside of X. WICD works outside of X, Network Manager doesn't. But if you install WICD in LMDE it doesn't uninstall Network Manager. If you try to manually uninstall Network Manager it wants to uninstall mint-meta-debian, which would completely hose LMDE. So when I boot LMDE I just disconnect WICD and use Network Manager when I'm using the Mint Gnome desktop.
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Re: install wicd instead of Network Manager

Postby gn2 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:15 pm

tdockery97 wrote:~ it wants to uninstall mint-meta-debian, which would completely hose LMDE. ~

Are you sure?
Normally meta packages can be uninstalled without problem.
Just checked my VBox LMDE guest and it seems removing mint-meta-debian just removes the meta package leaving the contents behind and all is well afterwards.

As for installing Wicd, it's a doddle, just use Synaptic or sudo apt-get wicd
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