i had to find the workaround to get nm-applet (Ubuntu's default and outstanding network manager) to work outside of gnome and xfce for a project i am working on: http://sites.google.com/site/masonux/
Originally Posted by Bearded-flower
that will open up the possibilities of nm-applet working in other WMs and DEs by simply letting it *try* to work in any/all of them. the WM/DE in question will need a system tray, of course. link above has a screen shot of gnome's networking applet running flawlessly in LXDE/openbox.
sed -i 's/OnlyShowIn/#OnlyShowIn/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop #comment out the OnlyShownIn line of /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop to allow nm-applet to function outside of gnome and xfce.
LXDE is actually a DE, not a WM. is ugly by default, but can look quite nice after about 5 minutes of tweaking. it uses OpenBox as the WM. i like it. ergo, the project linked above