Wireless network manager GUI

Matthew Nicholson sjoeboo at sjoeboo.com
Tue Jan 3 17:49:44 GMT 2006

not to rain on your parade or anything, but, there are, in my opinion, 2
great wireless manager available already for ubuntu (though not
installed by default, which i think they should be).

first is network-manager. this includes a backend/daemon that monitors
all network connections. if my laptop is plugged into Ethernet, its
connects with that, setting my default route etc all automatically. if i
unplug it starts searching for wireless networks, and connects to any
default networks i have. with the network is encrypted, it asks for the
password/pass-phrase, and stores it in my gnome-keyring, which is
password protected. this is, thus far,the best, and most complete
wireless connection manager i have seen, and would be ecstatic if it
were included by default.

another good one is gtkwifi. it was a "project" in the forums, but i
don't know how alive it is any more. roughly the same, but without the
monitoring of wired connections as network-manager. the interface
resembles that of the winxp sp2 gui, which is nice and familiar for many

by all means, keep working on your implementation. its great to see
people in the community taking the initiative and working up their own
answers. however, sometimes i wish the could be a larger focus on one,
"perfect" solution, to be included by default.

but thats just my 2 cents.

On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 18:56 +0100, Bart Vullings (OpsVentus) wrote:
> Good day everyone,
> As I installed Ubuntu on my laptop(Acer TravelMate C300) I found one or 
> two things to missing which I used to have when using M$. Luckily there 
> are already people working on these things. But the one thing I couldn't 
> find is a good working/nice looking GUI for managing Wireless networks. 
> So I started to write one(wifiGui).
> This program is now available for downloading and testing at 
> http://www.OpsVentus.com/wifigui for people with the same computer as I 
> or who have QT3 and qmake. Remember I'm still working on this, it is 
> just an very early release which enables other developers to tell me 
> what the program is doing wrong/could do better.
> My main objective is to get an good GUI for wireless networks in Ubuntu, 
> because I think this is really missing.
> So please let me know if my program is worth it to develop and include 
> in Ubuntu. Or maybe there's already an other program which is scheduled 
> to be included in Ubuntu, then I can maybe help them.
> With kind regards,
> Bart Vullings(OpsVentus)

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