Multiple network monitor applets

David Vincent dvincent at
Fri Nov 2 03:39:15 UTC 2007

Liam Proven wrote:
> On 11/1/07, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>> On 11/01/2007 09:35 AM, David Vincent wrote:
>>> Liam Proven wrote:
>> [snip]
>>>> What's the point of having 2? It seems redundant...
>>> by default you are looking at "Network Manager" which won't look like
>>> much to you unless you have a wireless network.  the other applet is a
>>> little gnome thingy to give you pretty lights when you have network
>>> activity.  that one is nic specific so if you have multiple network
>>> cards you will need to add it more than once to your panel and then
>>> configure it for each interface.
>>> network manager does not blink or do anything to show you you have
>>> network activity - it changes from the little icon you are used to to a
>>> wireless lan strength meter depending on which network you are actively
>>> connected to.
>>> google network manager for more info on it.  on my desktop machines i
>>> disable it and add the gnome applet to get my pretty lights.  :)
> Ah, great stuff! Thanks for that!
> Still seems a little redundant to me. Don't they do much the same sort
> of thing? Could they not be rolled into one?

coming from windows - i agree it does seem redundant.  really they are 
from different efforts and imho this is just the sort of thing you come 
across from time to time when you deal with linux.  linux being the 
product of tons of little projects rolled into one - sometimes there is 
overlap.  :)

cheers!  glad i could help.


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