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I'm trying to build a minimal desktop system on top of ubuntu server 13.04, and I've got the i3 window manager running.

Apparently the standard nm-applet package is no longer in the ubuntu repos, and when I try to install the network-manager package, apt-get tries to pull down the entire gnome desktop with it, which is no good to me.

So my question is, is anyone aware of any other network manager/indicator applet in the repos that won't require me to pull down an entire desktop environment?

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You have a couple of options. The first is to use a different network manager altogether such as wicd. The other option is to install network-manager but without installing its recommended packages as this will bring in less dependencies. You can do this with the command:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends network-manager
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Try WICD.

Wicd is an open source wired and wireless network manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings.

To install click WICD Install comixcursors-lefthanded.

Source:Wicd

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