Re: Plans for ppp and ippp

On Wed, 2007-11-07 at 08:52 +0100, Hans-Gerd van Schelve wrote:
> Dan,
> we are currently using 0.6.4-6.el5 which is included in RHEL5. It is clear for
> us that
> we need to upgrade to a newer version either the NM or the whole distribution.

Perhaps; there's benefit to making the PPP integration in 0.6.x suck
less if just to make things work better for those who cannot update to
0.7.  Yes, that would be parallel effort and would be obsoleted by 0.7
code, but just because there's newer stuff doesn't mean everyone can

Personally, I'm also committed to fixing 0.6.x bugs and working through
RHEL5 NetworkManager bugs as well.

Getting better 0.6.x dialup support would be a bunch of work, would
still have interaction holes, and wouldn't be a smooth a ride as 0.7
bits will be, but there's a lot of room for improvement.  So I wouldn't
write off 0.6.x yet.


> At the moment we are bringing up the network during init automatically (including
> bluetooth pairing if it is necessary. But this is too much unflexible (you have to
> re reboot if you want to use a different dial up). What do you think about the
> futures
> that will the ppp plugin have?
> -- Hans-Gerd
> > On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 22:11 +0100, Hans-Gerd van Schelve wrote:
> >> Hello List.
> >>
> >> We have a large Linux Desktop Setup with 6300 mobile Systems. What are the
> >> projects plans for better support of (i)ppp dialups in NM?
> >> At the moment there are only options available that allows to dialup or hangup
> >> a
> >> (i)ppp connection. But there is no feedback for the
> >> user at the moment. So if something goes wrong during dialup or hangup the
> >> user
> >> get's no feedback.
> >>
> >> We plan to use internal WWAN modules in our new Laptops, but also want to be
> >> able to use a bluetooth phone for dialup. What we are missing
> >> is a userfriendly handling for that.
> >
> > What version of NM are you planning on deploying?  I'd rather not keep
> > piling hacks on the dialup stuff in 0.6.x, and with 0.7 better
> > integrated PPP support is the next item on the list, and something that
> > I'm pretty sure Tambet and I will start on in the next few weeks.  I
> > don't think there will be much ABI/API breakage from dialup devices, if
> > any, so if you deployed 0.7 now you'd get the better PPP support in the
> > near future without much problem.
> >
> > Dan
> >
> >
> >
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