Kubuntu: Replace Network Manager With Wicd and Vice Versa

WicdEarlier today, on my Kubuntu machine, I needed to replace the Network Manager, which is installed by default, with Wicd. Later I found out that Wicd has issues on its own, so I decided to switch back to the Network Manager after I initially uninstalled it. The whole switching back and forth process was a bit tricky considering I didn’t know how to remove and then install back the Network Manager, so I decided to write myself a reminder post. It’s trivial. Hopefully it will help others as well.

Replacing the Network Manager with Wicd

First, install Wicd (it’s important that you install Wicd first, because if you don’t, the next step will effectively disable your internet connection):

sudo apt-get install wicd

and now remove the Network Manager:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove network-manager

Logout and back in and you should be set. Your Wicd GUI client should be visible in the tray icon area.

Replacing Wicd with the Network Manager

First, install the Network Manager:

sudo apt-get install network-manager

You’ll also need to install back the plasma network manager tray icon tool. Otherwise, your network will be enabled, but you won’t have a GUI tool to select from WIFI connections.

sudo apt-get install plasma-nm

Now you can uninstall Wicd:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove wicd

Okay, you should be set. Log out and back in and your plasma network manager tool should be available in the tray area for you to manage your wireless connections.

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  • Hubert Huitzilopochtli

    “First, remove the Network Manager:
    sudo apt-get –purge autoremove network-manager
    and now install Wicd:
    sudo apt-get install wicd”

    The first step will break you wireless network and then you won’t be able to ins
    tall wicd unless you’ve already got wicd’s (and its depends) .deb files!

    • pkout

      Interesting. It’s possible that I was doing this when I was connected via an Ethernet cable. If I uninstall the Network Manager, shouldn’t even the Ethernet connection stop working, though? I don’t recall having a problem with being unable to install wicd after removing Network Manager.

      • pkout

        Now that I think more about it, it’s possible that I wrote the sequence of commands in the wrong order in this write up and actually first installed wicd before uninstalling the network manager. I’ll fix it.

        • pkout

          Fixed. Thanks for pointing to this!

  • Jeff Wright

    Could you elaborate on what specific issues you had with Wicd?