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Introducing KDE 4 KNetworkManager

Nov 09, 2009, 13:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Stephenson)

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"So why did a native KDE 4 version of what is basically a system tray icon take three and a half KDE 4 releases to complete? There are several reasons. The original NetworkManager client was a GNOME applet and was developed in tandem with the server. Because of this, the NetworkManager interfaces for client developers were only partially documented. The NetworkManager system consists of a system daemon that receives network settings from a pair of settings services, one of which is run by the first local logged in user. This service supplies configuration information by placing Connection objects on the system bus. A client application sends commands to the service to activate these connections. One of the first tasks, therefore, was to take the D-Bus interface documentation system from Telepathy and apply it to the NetworkManager D-Bus interface. This was contributed to the upstream NetworkManager project, enabling up-to-date HTML documentation to be produced at build time so that other client authors can work without reading the NetworkManager C sources."

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