Another possibility is wicd. I've used that extensively on laptops as older versions of the KDE network manager did not scan for ESSIDs. I can't quite remember where it is (I don't have a Pardus box to hand here) but I think the "system settings" tool has a chooser to let you pick which tool to use to manage network connections (one of the many nice little admin tools that are Pardus-specific).
Wicd isn't available in 2011 repositories yet, but this how-to works for me to compile it, all but the chkconfig command:Wicd on Fed. 9
Yes, system settings>information sources>network management backend has fakenet and wicd as altnernatives, but they aren't installed yet.
I don't use NetworkManager as it doesn't include a setting for dial up users. This is how it appears on my computer. For some reason, VPN is the only choice.
Edited to add:
After compiling Wicd and changing backend to Wicd in System Settings, when I click on NetworkManager icon in bottom panel, besides VPN choice, I can now also choose Wired and DSL.