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Help test Ubuntu 10.10’s proposed network indicator applet [PPA]

The brave (and foolhardy) amongst you may wish to help test the Indicator Network applet being proposed for inclusion Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition.

Test it out in Lucid
You can test Indicator Network in Lucid by adding the following PPA. Bear in mind that the applet is very young, buggy & not intended as a stable replacement for the current Ubuntu default.

With that in mind you can install as follows: -

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-network-developers/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-network

The network menu uses ‘Connection Manager’ (Connman) rather than ‘network manager’ meaning in-order to test you will have to disable the current network applet so you need to disable Network Manager from starting during boot: -

  • sudo mv /etc/init/network-manager.conf /etc/init/network-manager.conf-disabled
  • sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.disabled

Now reboot and upon login the new network indicator will load. Click on it to select a network and, if applicable, a window will open prompting you for the passphrase.

For more commands/help/info refer to the ConnMan wiki @ wiki.ubuntu.com/ConnMan

Play around, find bugs and report them over @ bugs.launchpad.net/indicator-network

Changing back
Once you’ve had your fun/horrible time you may wish to switch back to Ubuntu’s current default. This is as easy as pie.

Enable network manager: -
sudo mv /etc/init/network-manager.conf-disabled /etc/init/network-manager.conf
sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.disabled /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop

Remove indicator-network
sudo apt-get remove indicator-network connman 

Now reboot and upon login the trusty old Network Manager will once again be in charge.