Running netapplet on Ubuntu

John Hornbeck hornbeck at
Sun Sep 26 01:10:20 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-09-25 at 16:05 -0700, Ryan Thiessen wrote:
> I am enjoying using Ubuntu quite a lot but was tad frustrated by the
> lack of any tool to switch between wireless networks.  However, such a
> tool exists in Debian Sid -- netapplet.  The netapplet program works by
> using a daemon running as root and a notification area applet to allow
> the user to switch between wired and wireless networks, and to input the
> essid and wireless key which is great for roaming.  Screenshot of it in
> action: (
> I grabbed the package from Debian Sid, but it failed to install because
> of the minor differences it has from the Ubuntu Warty prerelease. But it
> was trivial to get the source and recompile a new .deb package against
> the Ubuntu Warty dependencies.  I'm quite new to creating debian
> packages, all I did was follow the instructions here
> (
> and rebuild the excellent package that the Debian maintainer already
> built.
> I don't know if I did it correctly or not, but I have successfully
> installed my .deb package on two machines running Ubuntu.  My netapplet
> package installed without any additional packages on a stock Ubuntu
> Warty installation when I tried it, so if you want to check it out I've
> uploaded it to my website at
> -- as the
> filename indicates, this is for i386 only.  If I've done something wrong
> in my packaging, please let me know, and if someone more trustworthy
> wants to rebuild and add it to their unofficial Ubuntu repository please
> do so, it just takes a simple rebuild.
> Cheers,
> -Ryan Thiessen-
Thanks alot for this program.  I have never seen it before and now am
running with a big grin on my face.


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