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Debian or Devuan connection managers and comparations

In original Debian theres some connection managers, the famous Network/mananger, the light Wicd python stupid suite and the newer true lighty focused Connamn, those have some special use cases and tipsand at the botton of the page a table comparison for easy choose.

There's the only packages by both :

1) Connman

Devuan and also Debian has the connman, available since Debian Jeesie, that are a wicd equivalent, but no python based, so its the best choice for light desktops, plus have some features that wicd does not! Have a UI GTK (connman-ui) and other QT (cmst) interfaces both minimal dependences.

  • Very light, minimal interface
  • Supports VPN, 4G and bluetooh also
  • Lacks of connection editor, due its minimalist focused.
  • No multiuser capable, due its focused on minimalist (if user logout and other login, issues happened)
  • if a problem will happened, the solution will be hard to find.

2) Network Manager

The default in Debian comes with many MANY corrections respect Debian, see Debian bugs respect no systemd display managers integration with network manager Its the steroid based network connection manager in linux and have a KDE and GTK/Gnome UI availables. Devuan has some corrections, but don't expect too much

  • Steroid based with all the flavors, can manage inclusively your eyes. (Wimax, 4G, PPPoE)
  • Tons of dependences, many, many and of course
  • if a problem will happened, the solution will be hard to find.

Wicd suite

The Default in Devuan, available since Debian lenny, comes only with basic, wired and wireless connections, some adhoc and ip settings.. its based on python so its a pain of horror if u change some python or want to upgrade due security reasons...  and their UI its GTK (wicd/gtk) or KDE only (wicd-kde).

  • wired and wireless with WPA/WPK support. with profiles separation.
  • Python based, so slow and so if some python change, wicd will not work any more…
  • Ethernet only, no PPPoE/DSL support.
  • Lacks VPN, Bluetooh or Mobile broadband managing connection.
Featured 'Network Manager' 'Connman'   'Wicd'
Systemd free? Managed Yes Yes
3G Yes Yes No
SMS No No No
Bluetooth Yes No No
Manual IP/DNS Yes ? Yes
ipv4 tunnel Yes no no
Wireless Yes Yes Yes
Debian default Yes No No
Devuan default No No Yes
Wired Yes Yes Yes
PPPoe Yes No No
VPN X, Y, Z Yes Yes No
wimax Yes Yes No
system connections Yes Yes Yes
connection sharing Yes Yes No
multi user capable Yes No Yes
Connection Editor Yes No Yes
By plugins? Many few few
Care mantained Yes No Yes
A table based on Tipe feature related with the names to install with apt

Tipe/package 'Network Manager' 'Connman'     'Wicd'
Mobile network-manager-pptp connman N/A
Wireless network-manager connman wicd
Wired network-manager connman wicd
PPPoe network-manager-pptp connman N/A
VPN network-manager-{vpnc/openvn/openconnect} N/A N/A
wimax network-manager-{vpnc/openvn/openconnect} connman N/A
Bluetooth network-manager-pptp connman N/A

A table based on GUi package related  with the names to isntall with apt

Feature/package 'Network Manager' 'Connman' 'Wicd'
Manual IP/DNS network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst wicd-{gtk/ncurses/kde}
system UI config network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst wicd-{gtk/ncurses/kde}
connection sharing network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst N/A
multi user capable network-manager-gnome
Connection GUI Editor network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst wicd-{gtk/ncurses/kde}
Mobile GUI config network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst wicd-{gtk/ncurses/kde}
PPPoe GUI config network-manager-pptp-gnome connman-ui/cmst wicd-{gtk/ncurses/kde}
VPN GUI config network-manager-{vpnc/openvn/openconnect}-gnome N/A N/A
wimax GUI config network-manager-gnome connman-ui/cmst N/A
Ipv4 GUI tunneling network-manager-iodine-gnome connman-ui/cmst N/A

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