[Pkg-lxde-maintainers] Bug#928692: lxde: Wicd no longer maintained upstream - should not be default any longer

Karl Sickendick kc0bfv at gmail.com
Thu May 9 03:05:44 BST 2019

Package: lxde
Version: 10
Severity: wishlist

Dear Maintainer,
Wicd currently gets installed as the default network management daemon and
when LXDE is selected during Debian install.  It has a number of bugs that
affect basic usability, and the upstream devs are no longer maintaining
it.  I
think network-manager should be the default instead.

One of those basic usability bugs is that Wicd fails to connect to insecure
wifi for a bunch of users (bug reported multiple times, for the past several
years).  The reason is that Wicd still uses "ifconfig", instead of "ip", and
the ifconfig interface is no longer working the same (at least for some
hardware).  I've submitted a patch for this, but the Wicd devs haven't
responded to that, or other patches and bugs, for quite some time.

Anyway - failing to connect to insecure wifi will definitely be a bad user
experience for many people.  Wicd should no longer be the default.  Thanks,
thank you for maintaining LXDE.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: stable
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

I actually tested this just tonight on a fresh VM net install from the
default amd64 install ISO.

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