I decided to upgrade my work laptop and my home desktop computer last night from Xubuntu 13.10 to Xubuntu 14.04. Everything went pretty smooth until I noticed that the Network-Manager icon was missing from the notification area.
A quick Google search showed me that this was a wide spread problem. One user wrote a blog post on how to fix it in Lubuntu, but that wasn't cutting the mustard for me on Xubuntu. Manually running nm-applet didn't work either.
I did notice that even though the icon wasn't there, the nm-applet process was running in the background.
I decided to try to kill that process, and manually run nm-applet again. No dice. I then decided to try running nm-applet as root by running gksu nm-applet. That worked! WTF?
Since I can't figure out how to change permissions to make it run as my normal user, I decided to work around this issue by changing my startup settings as follows:
- Go to Menu > Settings Manager > Session and Startup > Application Autostart Tab
- Uncheck the entry for Network (You can't remove it)
- Next click Add, except use gksu nm-applet for the command
- Now reboot
Did you have the same issue? Do you know of a better way to fix it? Let us know in the comments!