[Tfug] why not wicd

Jim March 1.jim.march at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 11:55:30 MST 2009

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM, christopher floess
<skeptikos at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, does anyone know why wicd isn't more popular among the linux
> distros? I've been using it almost as long as I've been using linux
> (which not that long actually because until last winter, I was always
> on FreeBSD), and I think it's just much better. I haven't used network
> manager in a while, so I can't remember exactly what turned me off of
> it, but wicd has been wonderful and as far I know, it's not the
> default for any of the major linuxes.
> Comments?

You know, it's funny, some periods Wicd works better, sometimes
Network Manager.  More of the time Wicd is the more stable.

BUT - there are three advantages to Network Manager:

* Support from a major source - Red Hat.

* Support for cellular modems.

* They're trying to let you share hardwire or cellmodem connections
over WiFi to make your computer a router/hotspot.

Wicd last I heard isn't attempting either of the two latter items.

Wicd is also going to be in trouble once NM8.x series hits, as it's
MUCH more solid.

To it's credit, what Wicd has is script support on
connecting/disconnecting from individual connections or SSIDs, a great

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