Re: A comment on NetworkManager
- From: Casey Harkins <caseyharkins gmail com>
- To: Russell Harrison <rtlm10 gmail com>
- Cc: NetworkManager-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: A comment on NetworkManager
- Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 09:47:39 -0500
Russell Harrison wrote:
"simplicity" of the interface. Right now its so simple I don't see how
any layperson could understand it, there just isn't any feed back or
I don't understand this at all. I have a few laptop users who are not
very computer literate (not even on Windows), but have no problems using
NetworkManager, without any instruction.
Profiles are a big thing for me since I want to be able to deploy
laptops on our network and configure them by installing an rpm. Its so
much cleaner than creating a bunch of documentation, to tell them how to
set it up themselves. That's confusing, they don't need to know what
authentication mechanism we use, or even care what the network is
named. They just want to be on it.
Unless each user has multiple configurations, I don't see the need for
profiles here. As for setting their defaults up for them from an rpm,
just create an rpm that runs gconftool-2 (in %post) to set the
appropriate NetworkManager settings. You make these defaults, or even
mandatory settings (so they can't change them).
1.) Wireless networks list.
There is no "Search for wireless networks" or "Refresh wireless networks
Ideally, NetworkManager should update the wireless networks list
automatically without these options. If that can't be done (do most
hardware wireless switches expose their state through their kernel
drivers?), then maybe a refresh option would be necessary.
2.) The configuration issue.
In my view NetworkManager is one of the most intransparent linux
applications out there. There's no Documentation (correct me if I'm
Documentation would be nice and I'm sure the developers would welcome
any contributions in that regard.
wrong), there is no configuration file easily accessible and there are
weird things going on with resolv.conf. How is it configured? How can I
It uses gconf for configuration and the distribution's native network
I know, you don't like them. You think, they are an inconvenient user
experience. Well, while I understand your pursuit of simplicity i don't
really get what is so bad about profiles. You could present the user
with some sort of a default profile. No further setting up is required.
It just uses the settings specified in /etc/network/interfaces as usual.
NetworkManager uses the distribution's native configuration. So if the
distribution's network configuration tools support profiles (Fedora Core
for example), then I believe they would work for NetworkManager as well.
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