I, too, prefer WICD over NetworkManager. Yes, there are some tangles involved.
In my experience, WICD and NM are mutually exclusive. All of one must be gone before
the other works correctly or at all. Getting to this place can be a challenge, but here is my
- use your package manager and completely remove both NM and WICD.
- "completely remove" means purge and delete the software. It seems you can leave the config details.
- connect to the net with a wire connection
- use your package manager to install WICD -- you like it best, don't you (grin) ?
- configure WICD as required
- reboot -- disconnect the wire network cable as your system bounces
At this point, WICD will likely need some configuration tweaks but should play wifi nicely and
without any interference from NM parts that are now purged.
As I said, this worked for me, but I have not gone WICD under Mint-12. The default wifi applications
are working well enough for now and I'm not walk-about often enough to need the WICD features.