Laptop Networking, NetworkManager, ifupdown ---> Merge them?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Dec 12 10:52:37 CST 2004

On Fri, Dec 10, 2004 at 03:32:39PM -0800, Karl Hegbloom wrote:

> I've begun looking over:
>  cvs -d :pserver:anonymous at co NetworkManager
> ... and thinking about it's design architecture and how that relates to
> Debian's wonderful (and perhaps under appreciated and under extended)
> 'ifupdown' package.

This was the subject of one of the BOF sessions at the Ubuntu conference
(which is still in progress).  Some brief notes are available here:

NetworkManager seems to have gone in some questionable directions recently,
and it seems unlikely that we will adopt it at this time.

> My proposal is this:  Adopt NetworkManager, but not until the ifupdown
> functionality is rolled into it.  Let NetworkManager fully manage the
> interfaces, but have it do the full deal that ifupdown does now.
> (uh,... ?)  That could conceivably become the backend for
> all distros.

This does not seem to be where it is headed, but perhaps there is still
hope.  We will be watching it.

 - mdz

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