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

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:38:54PM +0100, Radek Vykydal wrote:
> 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.

The installer isn't the desktop, so to me panels and applets don't fit.
I realize we have moved in a direction that requires us to use these,
but I don't think they fit. It seems to me that we're painting ourselves
into a corner by depending on NetworkManager during the install. Maybe
NM needs a better API to control these things without the need for the

(NOTE: I do realize that I'm complaining without have any better
solutions, sorry about that).

Brian C. Lane | Anaconda Team | IRC: bcl #anaconda | Port Orchard, WA (PST8PDT)

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