What is the status of this project?

Asked by Thomas Sisson on 2013-04-29

As of April 29, 2013 the last update appears to be April 30, 2012. Is this project on hold? Are the maintainers working on anything? How far are we toward the promises of version 2.0?

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David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #1

The status of this project is: seriously lacking manpower. And, we are VERY far from 2.0.

I tried to set a team up to work on 2.0, and I also started to write some code. But real life issues now got me too, and I haven't had any time to work on WICD -- or anything else, for that matters.

There could be a 1.7.3 sometime, but I really don't have the time even to *test* WICD before releasing a 1.7.3.

So, unless someone is stepping up offering some help, or even a takeover of the project, WICD is to be considered on hold.


Ritesh Raj Sarraf (rrs) said : #2

I use WICD over any other network client. And I depend on it everyday. I wasn't aware of the lack of manpower. Do you have a list of items that need to be addressed? I mean, from what I use, I see nothing lacking in WICD. But I'd like to keep it maintained. So if there's a list or burning issues, that I'm not aware of, maybe I might find some time to help.

Also, if you have a roadmap drafted, that'll help too.

John Boiles (johnaboiles) said : #3

I'm down to help out too.

John Boiles (johnaboiles) said : #4

Also, any interest in moving the project to GitHub? Might make it easier to get people to help out if the code is there.

David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #5

The code is already available at https://github.com/dpaleino/wicd . Git was my first choice too, but previous developers wanted the integration with LP (which is nice, indeed).

If I remember correctly, the repositories were in sync; but I currently have *ANY* time to check it, or to join the eventual new development of wicd.. also consider that I'm successfully using NetworkManager since a year or so.

If you want, just fork the repository on github, and continue development there.

John Boiles (johnaboiles) said : #6

Thanks for chiming in David, and thanks for all your work on wicd! I hadn't seen your Git mirror; should have done more googling!

I mainly love wicd because wicd-curses makes it super easy to wifi on my Raspberry PI. And I really appreciate that it's a light-weight layer on top of the standard wireless-tools.

But if you've moved to Network Manager, I'll probably move that way also. I see someone built a curses interface for it last December. Hopefully it will be a reasonable replacement for wicd-curses.

Thanks again!

Axel Beckert (xtaran) said : #7


David Paleino wrote:
> also consider that I'm successfully using NetworkManager since a
> year or so.

Urgs. Why that? You wrote such a nice replacement yourself!

One of the things I liked with wicd is that it was a light-weight
alternative to Network Manager, especially the curses interface which
I use all the time, even under X.

John Boiles wrote:
> I see someone built a curses interface for it last December.

Can you post a link to it?

  Regards, Axel

John Boiles (johnaboiles) said : #8

Not sure when the NM curses interface (nmtui) will hit be available in NM distro packages. Not even sure what it looks like.

You can see the source for it by checking out the NetworkManager repo and looking in the 'tui' directory

git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.git

I'll report back some time when I get a chance to compile a recent version of NetworkManager to try it out.

Ben the Pyrate (ben-mendis) said : #9

Is this still the case? Is the project officially abandoned by the original developers?

I am similarly willing to assist with development, if it would be possible to get development back on the rails. I'll even learn to use bzr/lp.

Up to now I have been just been using it on my personal computers. However we have just added it to a product at my work, so now there is a business reason for me to care about the future of this project.

Miheer (miheerdew) said : #10

I don't know why, but I have found wicd more reliable and customizable than Network Manager. I am using it without any hassles.
I will be happy to help in it's development. Are there some open issues / feature requests. The github page seems to have none.

martadinata (martadinata666) said : #11

love to see this project start again

We are preparing for the release of the next version of wicd ( over the course of next week.

Ritesh Raj Sarraf (rrs) said : #13

On 12/17/2014 07:16 PM, Tom Van Braeckel wrote:
> Question #227789 on wicd changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/wicd/+question/227789
> Tom Van Braeckel posted a new comment:
> We are preparing for the release of the next version of wicd (
> over the course of next week.

This is great to read. Thank you. I rely solely on wicd for all the
network connectivity needs. And am glad to see the development still active.

Ritesh Raj Sarraf
RESEARCHUT - http://www.researchut.com
"Necessity is the mother of invention."

Axel Beckert (xtaran) said : #14

Hi Tom,

that's great to hear! Will this also include Ubuntu and Debian packages?

If you need a sponsor for the upload to Debian, feel free to contact me.

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