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Re: NetworkManager + 802.1x wired? [Re: very common kernel modules slow down the boot process]



On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 22:28 +0200, Martin Sourada wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 15:09 -0500, Jeffrey Ollie wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 2:53 PM, Harald Hoyer <harald redhat com> wrote:
> > > Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > correct… seems to be started by NM / dbus according to the bootchart…
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > This *should* be in the background and not actually be delaying the boot.
> > >
> > >  The point is: Why is it started anyway? I have *no* wireless! No need to
> > > eat disk/CPU resources (which *is* delaying the boot).
> > 
> > Authentication isn't just for wireless anymore...  Many network
> > switches can be configured to require 802.1x authentication from a
> > system before allowing access to the network.  I'll be looking into
> > enabling 802.1x authentication here at work this summer.  This is a
> > case of having things "just work" - having the world's fastest boot
> > time shouldn't be the ultimate goal here.
> > 
> > Jeff
> > 
> 
> Speaking of which... Is there a way to configure NetworkManager to
> authenticate to 802.1x wired network? Not that I mind running ifconfig,
> xsupplicant, dhclient by hand but nm could simplify a life a lot :)

There's support for it, yes, but not via the UI (yet).  If the correct
bits get populated in GConf, then it should work.  I can send details on
how to do that if you'd like.

Dan



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