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