Moving towards NetworkManager

Josef Wolf jw at
Fri Jul 29 13:08:46 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 02:13:19PM +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 29 July 2016 at 13:04, Josef Wolf <jw at> wrote:

> This may not be directly relevant, and I don't use it myself, but...

This IS directly relevant!

> I track a number of non-GNOME-based distros via mailing lists, forums
> etc. A common question is avoiding NetworkManager, as it's a GNOME
> tool and pulls in various GNOME dependencies.

I started this thread because uninstalling network-manager removed all of my

> (E.g. on Arch it
> requires the GNOME keyring merely to be able to _enter_ a Wifi
> password. Not to store it, just to enter it at all!)

I don't want any GUI to enter my wifi keys. They are stored in a svn
repository which is checked out by configuration scripts which in turn are run
by my postinstall script.

Therefore, right after install (by my customized CD), all my wifi-keys (and
ssh hostkeys, ssh authorized keys, and many, many other configuration aspects)
are configured.

No point in entering (and mis-typing) dozens of wifi-keys manually.

Works great with wpa-supplicant. If only NM did not get in the way.

Since NM is usseless (to me), I uninstalled it.

And it took my desktop along with it.

> The next-most-popular tool and replacement for NM seems to be WICD:

Another kid in town. No longer supported.

Josef Wolf
jw at

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