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Re: [PATCH master] Networking UI - integration of NM Applet



On 11/17/2010 11:18 PM, Brian C. Lane wrote:
On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 01:33:20PM +0100, Radek Vykydal wrote:
Hi list,

this is another take on network enablement/configuration UI in anaconda.
It follows first take:
https://www.redhat.com/archives/anaconda-devel-list/2010-October/msg00201.html
the point of which was to offer functionality that NetworkManager Applet
does in desktop environment - overview of available devices, its
status, available APs for wireless, activate/disconnect device controls.
I don't like the panel/applet method. I feels like a kludge to me. I'm
also not a big fan of how we are doing it currently, but I think popping
up a network dialog is much better than expecting the user to click on the
applet.


Why does it feel like a kludge? It's just the network
configuration/enablement done the same way as in the
desktop/installed system. I don't dare to estimate how
users would see it - is it intuitive enough, isn't it too
much of surprise? I am talking about it with Máirín.
For me the applet solution seems pretty clean and simple,
but it is probably because I am already using Fedora.

We really need the functionality of NM Applet. The only way to
integrate the applet is to have something implementing
freedesktop.org systray specification - I am using the panel.
Using our own network dialog instead, we'd have to duplicate
what NM Applet does (e.g. listing available devices, listing
wireless APs, activating/deactivating a device ... it would be quite
a lot of code, probaly with hacks), something I tried to do with
https://www.redhat.com/archives/anaconda-devel-list/2010-October/msg00201.html
but of course having better UI .

Radek


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