KNetworkManager svn 1002781 - Call for testing

Sebastian Kügler sebas at
Fri Jul 31 22:37:09 BST 2009

On Wednesday 29 July 2009 20:03:33 Yuriy Kozlov wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Jonathan Thomas<echidnaman at> wrote:
> > Riddel's email setup is a bit busted at the moment, so he asked me to
> > send this one out.
> >
> > Our favorite NetworkManager plasma widget developers have decided to
> > switch primary focus from the plasma widget to a standalone application
> > called KNetworkManager (sound familiar?) This is a monolithic client
> > written from scratch, and will probably be what all of our hopes will
> > rest upon for an un- mangled Network experience in Kubuntu 9.10.
> >
> > If you can, we would very much appreciate testing. You can record your
> > results at
> >
> >1-0ubuntu1~ppa1
> >
> > That page should have sufficient instructions for the testing.
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Jonathan
> Monolithic client?  Can you clarify?

Beginning of June, we have refactored the networkmanager code for two reasons:

- it was becoming complex, too complex
- we want the networkmanager plasmoid to be usable with alternatives to 
  networkmanager as well, wicd, connman for example

This refactoring is mainly done, and it proves to have been a very good idea. It's 
relatively easy now to "get into the code", and thus easier to make things work. Will 
has written a system-tray like "monolithic" app, I'm working on the plasmoid right 
now. I've taken the same opportunity to also redo the user interface. The "staple 
extenders on top of each other" approach is neat and flexible, but it can be 
problematic with smaller displays. The new design is more netbook-friendly (works on 
a confined space, uses more horizontal space rather than vertical space), and I'm 
almost at a point where I can use it myself.

Will's monolithic client is a bit further towards being stable, as its UI code is a 
lot simpler, so that's probably the safest option for karmic.

Both clients share the same infrastructure, so fixing bugs in one often fixes the 
other, too (though not for UI bugs). 

> It's still just an interface to the NetworkManager daemon right?


> Do you know why the move to a standalone app from a plasmoid?

See above :)
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