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From https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WICD

  1. To replace Network Manager with WICD,

    First, we download the latest NetworkManager, in case we need to reinstall if WICD doesn't works:

    sudo apt-get install -d --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome 
    

    Then we install WICD:

    sudo apt-get install wicd-gtk 
    

    And only then do we uninstall NetworkManager:

    sudo apt-get remove --purge network-manager-gnome network-manager
    

    In the first step, since it doesn't actually install Network Manager (-d), is -reinstall in the first step needed? Why?

  2. When reverting to NetworkManager, does the following installation of Network Manager need internet connection? I.e. is it from the previously downloaded package, or from the repository on the Internet? If I want to install from the local copy, which command shall I run?

    Open up a Terminal and execute the following commands:

    Install NetworkManager:
    
        sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome network-manager 
    Then remove WICD:
    
        sudo apt-get remove --purge wicd wicd-gtk 
    Finally, restart your system.
    

Thanks.

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  1. The combination of -d and --reinstall makes no sense:

    $ sudo apt-get install -d --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0 B/1.087 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
    Download complete and in download only mode
    

    You need only a

    sudo apt-get install -d network-manager network-manager-gnome
    
  2. It's the local version, install with sudo apt-get install --reinstall ...

    $ ping google.de
    
    ping: unknown host google.de
    
    $ sudo apt-get install --reinstall network-manager-gnome network-manager
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0 B/1.087 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
    (Reading database ... 417744 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack .../network-manager_0.9.10.0-4ubuntu15.1_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking network-manager (0.9.10.0-4ubuntu15.1) over (0.9.10.0-4ubuntu15.1) ...
    Preparing to unpack .../network-manager-gnome_0.9.10.1-0ubuntu4_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking network-manager-gnome (0.9.10.1-0ubuntu4) over (0.9.10.1-0ubuntu4) ...
    Processing triggers for dbus (1.8.12-1ubuntu5) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.0.2-5) ...
    Processing triggers for systemd (219-7ubuntu3) ...
    Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ...
    ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot
    Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.44.0-1ubuntu3) ...
    No such key 'external-editor' in schema 'org.gnome.eog.ui' as specified in override file '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/20_ubuntu-gnome-default-settings.gschema.override'; ignoring override for this key.
    Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:i386 (2.44.0-1ubuntu3) ...
    No such key 'external-editor' in schema 'org.gnome.eog.ui' as specified in override file '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/20_ubuntu-gnome-default-settings.gschema.override'; ignoring override for this key.
    Processing triggers for gconf2 (3.2.6-3ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.14-0ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu5) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu3) ...
    Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up network-manager (0.9.10.0-4ubuntu15.1) ...
    Setting up network-manager-gnome (0.9.10.1-0ubuntu4) ...
    

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