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Does anyone know of a freestanding desktop independent GUI application for connecting to a (wireless) network?

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NetworkManager is the one used in Ubuntu but can theoretically be installed on basically any Linux. An alternative would be wicd.

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Isn't NetworkManager some kind of desktop applet? How do I bring up its GUI in a window manager like Blackbox say? – August Karlstrom Nov 14 '12 at 14:18
No, the NetworkManager applet is a seperat package that uses network manager (called nm-applet). The network manager should have an interface you can run by itself. Try running nm-connection-editor – André Stannek Nov 14 '12 at 14:26
OK, I see. But there seems to be no way to start using a connection in the connection editor or am I wrong? – August Karlstrom Nov 14 '12 at 14:39
Seems you are right, never noticed that. Try wicd, I used it a few years ago and it worked fine for me. I think you have to uninstall NetworkManager to avoid conflicts but I don't really remember ;-) – André Stannek Nov 14 '12 at 15:01
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As mentioned by André, use wicd. To start it as a regular GUI application, use the command wicd-client --no-tray. To use a wireless connection you also need to specify the interface, e.g. wlan0, in Preferences -> General Settings -> Wireless interface.

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