I'm experimenting with ZenWalk Live 7.0 on an acer aspire one to see if it's a feasible alternative to Ubuntu and I'm encountering the following problem.
When I start Wicd for the first time after a boot (by clicking the icon in the panel at the bottom), it finds a number of networks; usually one is a hidden (and named 'hidden') one which is (more than likely) my wifi connection; the other ones are the neighbors, I guess.
If I go to network menu -> find a hidden network and I enter my essid, it's not found; I can jump high and low, but the screen tells me that there are no wireles networks found at all; not even the ones that were initially found are shown.
The only way that I seem to be able to connect to my hidden wireless network is with the following steps after a reboot
Select properties for the hidden network that is initially picked up; I do not see the option to enter an essid there but I can enter my passphrase.
Try to connect to that hidden network, which will fail. What I don't like about this step is that I don't know what I'm connecting to.
Next use network menu -> find a hidden network, enter the essid and click connect
Am I missing something ?
Additional info: the standard OS (Crunchbang Statler) on this system never fails to connect, so I guess it's something funny with wicd.