Wicd is an open source and free – wireless network manager for Linux based operating system e.g Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx).Wicd has simple and easy to use graphical user interface and a lot of options to configure your wireless network connectivity.Some of the best features of Wicd is –

  • Full Featured graphical and console interface
  • No graphical dependencies,that’s why it’s independent of Ubuntu desktop i.e wicd can be install in KDE(kubuntu),GNOME,XFCE..
  • It can establish Wired(Ethernet only) and wireless network(s).
  • Compatibility with Wireless tools.
  • It displays a tray icon for network activity and signal strength.
  • supports for many Encryption(WEP/WPA..) schemes.

wicd as ubuntu network manager

Installing Wicd Network Manager on Ubuntu 10.04

Wicd can be installed on Ubuntu 10.04 ..in a number of ways – from Synaptic Package Manager ,ubuntu software Center or from Terminal.

install wicd on ubuntu from Synaptic Package Manager
#1. Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for “wicd”.

#2. Then mark the box(In the row which is related to wicd) and click ok to select dependencies(If asks).

#3. Then click on Apply in SPM to install wicd in ubuntu.Then wait until the installation is complete..

#4. That’s all …you have installed Wicd on your ubuntu 10.04 -Lucid Lynx successfully..

Installing Wicd using command Line/Terminal- Ubuntu 10.04

Type following command on terminal –
sudo apt-get install wicd

Using Wicd in Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)

To open/configure Wicd ,go to Applications->Internet->Wicd.

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  1. WICD allows one connection (either wired or wireless) at a time on Ubuntu 10.04. Thats the only issue I found with it so far.

  2. I don’t have a wireless or wired connection in Ubuntu Studio 10.10. I’ve started Synaptic with terminal and I have “all” and “wicd” in left pane but the right pane is blank.

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