Proposal: Remove NetworkManager for WICD, perhaps after Lucid?
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Sat Jan 9 16:04:10 UTC 2010
On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 11:58 PM, J. Anthony Limon <j at flippo.net> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:53:59 +0100
> Steve Dodier <sidnioulz at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2010/1/8 J. Anthony Limon <j at flippo.net>
> > > Network Manager is a tricky topic so I'll try to make this as
> > > unbiased as possible.
> > >
> > > WICD offers a solid replacement to NetworkManager while keeping
> > > almost all the features. The only thing I can think of that would
> > > keep someone from switching outright is that Network Manager has
> > > built-in VPN support. After a poll of some sort we could then
> > > decide if we also needed to ship a VPN client by default.
> > >
> > > Also, since the next release is LTS it might make sense to wait to
> > > make the switch as going from NetworkManager to WICD is as easy as
> > > apt-get --purge autremove networkmanager
> > >
> > > - J
> > Despite the fact that I'm myself using wicd in one of my computers,
> > there is a slight difference between wicd and networkmanager that we
> > may not forget: the quality of the GUI.
> > I've rarely seen an app with a GUI as unwelcoming and badly designed
> > as wicd, even though it has a great backend. I think nm does the job
> > in 99% of the cases, so switching to something that is harder to
> > learn and use is not, in my opinion, a good idea at all for an
> > end-user distribution.
> While I will agree it's not as "pretty" as some apps, it's entirely
> user friendly. As soon as you open it, it greets you with a list of
> available networks and button that says CONNECT. Also, 2.0 should have
> a new GUI, which if we're going to let NM remain in Lucid should
> provide perfect timing.
Cody's question is of course extremely important, but I also have another
remark: user interface consistency is also important. Most, if not all, of
Xubuntu's applications try to follow GNOME's Human Interface Guidelines,
which mostly not only results in a user friendly but also consistent UI.
AFAIK wicd (currently) does not do this.
> - J
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