I have Fedora 9 on a laptop. I don't generally use the Gnome tools having learned Unix on the command line, but I do use the "NetworkManager Applet" - the thing that shows you available wifi networks and cellphone tethers and allows you to choose one.
A few days ago it just quit working - the applet is present on the toolbar, but with a red "X" and wired/wireless networks greyed out saying "device not managed".
I don't remember changing anything or getting any yum updates - the system was working, someone closed the lid putting it to sleep, and when it came to life the applet had quit. Rebooting didn't restore it.
I'm not sure how networkmanager works - on FC4 I remember configuring iwconfig, but FC9 just worked out of the box so I used it. The wired network has always just worked in what I consider the "normal" way - configured in sysconfig/network-scripts, and right now somehow my default wifi network is working, but I have lost the ability to choose other networks or select a cell network connection
There are 2 icons on the toolbar, showing a pair of desktop PCs. One is /usr/bin/nm-connection-editor belonging to NetworkManager-gnome. "rpm -V" lists no changes. Same for NetworkManager. The other icon, the one with the red X that used to let me choose a network, is nm-no-connection.png.
I tried logging on as root, but that was, as I recall, the same.
m-connection-editor still shows my wifi networks, and allows me to edit them. I just can't choose one.