I was wondering how to connect to wireless in a Linux command line environment -> I'm looking for a ncurses like program to do this, not a bunch of commands and files to edit. Is there one?
You could use wicd rather than network manager to control your network interfaces. It has an ncurses GUI available.
Your question is a bit unclear. Do you want to connect to a wireless network? There's a standard tool for this on Ubuntu, the Network Manager. See e.g. https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/internet/C/wireless-connecting.html for details.
If you cannot use X (which Network Manager needs), you should also be able to set up networking manually, the way Debian does it. Debian offers several mechanisms to do this. The easiest is to just put a block for your interface into
Using the config above, you can then type (as root)
to activate the interface (
See http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi for more information.