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