Ubuntu – Network applet missing from notification area after upgrading to Ubuntu MATE 15.04


I just upgraded from Ubuntu MATE 14.10 to 15.04. After the upgrade, the network manager icon, which I had in the notification area until then, was gone. How can I restore it?

Best Answer

The applet which manages this icon is called nm-applet.

In my case, I had an autostart entry for it in ~/.config/autostart/nm-applet.desktop, which I had created on Ubuntu MATE 14.10. (If you don't, copy nm-applet.desktop over from /etc/xdg/autostart/.)

After commenting out the following two lines:

#AutostartCondition=GNOME3 unless-session gnome

and logging out and back in, the applet was there again.

Note: if you use other desktop environments aside from MATE, you may need to re-enable AutostartCondition and tweak it according to your needs.

Note 2: this no longer seems to work on 18.04.