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Linux NetworkManager a Solid Tool with New Features

Apr 23, 2010, 18:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Applications like Firefox and OpenOffice.org get all the glory. They're highly visible as cornerstone applications of the free desktop. But what about the background apps that do the grunt work and sit silently in the background, ignored unless we run into a bug? One of the vital, yet unsung, applications Linux users depend on is NetworkManager.

"What is NetworkManager?

"NetworkManager comprises several pieces, a service that's used to manage a system's network connections and report their condition to applications that are D-BUS aware, and client applications that allow the user to manage network connections. NetworkManager was developed to simplify working with network connections and to help desktop and other applications become network aware.

"Most users never have to worry about the backend services of NetworkManager and only work with the GUI applets that manages network connections. For GNOME and Xfce users this means the nm-applet utility, and for KDE users the KNetworkManager applet."

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