Proposal: Remove NetworkManager for WICD, perhaps after Lucid?

J. Anthony Limon j at flippo.net
Sat Jan 9 18:22:36 UTC 2010


On Sat, 9 Jan 2010 17:04:10 +0100
Vincent <mailinglists at vinnl.nl> wrote:

> 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
> >
> 
> 


I've never really seen the GNOME HIG as being very relevant, but I
guess that's me. Most of the apps I've got installed would probably
make them puke (Claws, Chrome, etc) but I use them for the fact they
work better, not have a prettier GUI.

- J 




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