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wicd - A friendly network manager for Linux

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Network managers are utilities that allow users to control the network in their operating systems. This includes configuring various network devices, setting up IP addresses, dialing connections to ISPs, and other settings. Every operating system has a network manager. Some are GUI, some are command line, some are friendly, others are not. Whatever their look and feel, they do one thing - allows us to change important network settings without directly accessing different configuration files that define the network.

Linux distros have a broad range of managers. In KDE, the default utility is called KNetworkManager. In Gnome, it is - aptly called - Gnome Network Manager.

Some Linux users do not like either of these two. They find them cumbersome and counter-intuitive, especially the Gnome Network Manager.

Enter wicd




Best Network App I've found

Although based on GTK which I dislike, this is the best network app I have found, hands down.

Re: Best Network App ...

When I installed Kubuntu jaunty on my test box, I used wicd to set fixed IP's for my NIC. That's because KNetworkManager on jaunty wasn't working at all. I'm not familiar with the 'buntu's config files, so I wanted to use a GUI to do this.

wicd had a slightly awkward interface for this task, but once I figured it out, it worked well.

Recommended.

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