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Living With GNOME's NetworkManager

May 27, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"The NetworkManager project believes that pain-free networking should be possible for laptop users. Everything should just work, as it typically does in OS X and Windows. If you unplug your CAT-5 cable and there is wireless available, you should be automatically connected to the Wi-Fi network so you may continue working. Likewise, when you return to your desk, NetworkManager should automatically connect to the faster wired network. This is how it works in every other operating system, so generally speaking this is a move in the right direction for Linux.

"NetworkManager also seeks to be the authoritative source of network state information. Given that NetworkManager should know what type of network you are connected to, it is well positioned to provide information to applications. Using dbus and hal, NetworkManager provides interfaces for applications to query for network state and network speed, which allows them to adjust their behavior accordingly. The example given on the project's Web page is that your computer should not try to update itself when there is no networking, nor when connected to a pay-per-KB GSM network."

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