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You don't have to use networkmanager. I like it on my laptop much more than WICD, but I don't use it on any of my desktop machines. I don't believe it will start the daemon without you making it's rc. executable.
That's not the best description of what NetworkManager is/does.
If you have a stationary PC with a wired connection, you most likely wouldn't need/want NetworkManager. Nor if you have a computer that connects wirelessly to the same, never changing access point.
If you're a road warrior and use your laptop at various places that have a multitude of access points, NetworkManager does make is easier to connect to different access points, remembers access points, allows on the fly access point switching, supports VPN, will prompt you when an open unencrypted access point is available, and and various other tasks I've failed to mention.
You do have full control over the connection(s) with NetworkManager.
Distribution: Slint64-14.2rc on Lenovo Thinkpad W520
@czezz: the only thing that have changed is that you have one more possibility to set up your network:
- you still can set it up by hand editing the network scripts,
- you can use Network Manager,
- you can set it up with "netconfig", which in addition allows you in upcoming Slackware 14 to set up Network Manager,
- you can use wicd in /extra.
And of course if /etc/rc.d/rc.networkmanager is not executable Network Manager won't be launched at startup.
Last edited by Didier Spaier; 09-01-2012 at 01:23 PM.
I like WICD. For what it does, it does well and without a lot of crap. Networkmanger works fine, most of the time, but if you just need a simple road warrior wired/wifi manager, WICD is superior, IMHO. That said, I prefer WICD to take precedence. I think the IF stanza was either the author's personal preference, or just the luck of the draw.
NetworkManager also supports other protocols and configurations WICD might not support.
It also has various plugins like ModemManager, pptp, vpnc, and openconnect which might not be supported by WICD. ModemManager's plugin is useful because it can handle ADSL and 3G/4G connections through NetworkManager. I'm sure if it does Dial-Up but most Slackware installs have kppp which comes with KDE which does support Dial-Up anyway.
It may seem more automated for what it does, but the design is very well done and works for a variety of configurations to meet any need for connectivity.
Since I'm waiting for the release, I haven't got network manager running yet, but I do have one minor (sort of) concern: it isn't CLI friendly--that's one thing wicd has over it, easily. OTOH, I've always had problems with wicd: races where an interface is never brought up and you have to do it manually from it's control panel, and encryption not working most of the time. I'm hoping the new wicd patches fix this, otherwise I guess I'll be using network manager.
I like WICD. For what it does, it does well and without a lot of crap. Networkmanger works fine, most of the time, but if you just need a simple road warrior wired/wifi manager, WICD is superior, IMHO.
on that note, NetworkManager is needed if u want more integration with KDE (CMMIW)