Re: autoip config option?

> As said also in AP and cabled networks it can make sense. A reasonable
> assumption is that we want AutoIP if there is no DHCP available. Marking
> this clearly with an additional icon should be sufficient to track down
> problems quickly.

I still don't think this is a reasonable assumption.  I suspect that
for the majority of users the failure to obtain an address by DHCP is
an indication that networking setup has failed and not an indication
that an autoip network should be set up. I also think that the various
icon modifications are likely to confuse. Icons seem to be most useful
when they give a visual indication of a concept the user already
understands; I seriously doubt if many users understand the conceptual
distinction between an autoip network and a DHCP network. I guess an
icon is useful to users who understand this distinction and to
technical support when other users ring up...

I personally think a really well thought out interface to set up a
local network when desired would be preferable to the current autoip



Ben Roberts
University of Bradford

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