Network Manager Applet for MATE Desktop – Installing it right
Recently I have been fiddling with MATE Desktop, sleek and lightweight.
Anyhow, I had some problems with network manager and the companion applet. The applet did not appear on the panel and the application was not working properly.
Luckily I found a solution looking on the Ubuntu forum (although I shamefully lost its reference).
Here are the steps:
on a console reinstall both the network manager and the gnome apple with the command
sudo apt-get install --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome;
open the network manager configuration with your editor of choice (e.g., nano):
sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and change the line
make sure that network interfaces file
/etc/network/interfaces contains only the basic configuration:
auto lo iface lo inet loopback (you can simply comment the other lines);
restart network manager with command
sudo service networking restart;
In case the network manager applet does not show up on mate’s panel try these one of these fixes:
edit the file
sudo sublime /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop, remove the line
AutostartCondition=GNOME3 unless-session gnome, and restart the networking service;
remove the .state file relative to the network manager with command
sudo rm /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state
I hope the procedure can be useful also for someone other out there 🙂