Re: NM tidbits

On Thu, 2006-01-26 at 06:50 -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
On Thu, 2006-01-26 at 10:18 +0100, Nikolaus Filus wrote:
> What is this "enable/disable wireless" good for, when most notebooks 
> should either have a physical or software radio switch. So KISS, as there 
> is another tool for solving this.

This is true, and I was just going to bring this up.  Practical
considerations though, make this less than ideal.  First, not all
laptops have an RF kill switch.  Second, there isn't a good facility to
notify userspace that the RF has been killed at all.  So ideally we
would have NetworkManager listen to the drivers (or netlink, or
whatever) such that when the RF kill switch has been activated, we
deactivate the device.  Need to remember this when people start
designing the new netlink replacement for WEXT.

(New in this list. Don't know if this has been up for discussion before)

Do keep in mind that the RF kill switch will kill _all_ RF devices on modern laptops including BT. It might be a case where a user wants to disable wireless network support but keep BT active.


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