distro-independence of NetworkManager?

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Thu Oct 5 14:31:03 UTC 2006

Matt Price wrote:

> On Wed, 2006-04-10 at 16:40 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Tony Yarusso wrote:
>> > I would like to write up a doc about how to access my university's
>> > wireless network on Linux, to complement the PDFs they already have for
>> > Windows and Mac.  It is a WPA2 network, so N-M is probably the best way
>> > to
>> > handle it.  However, I don't know how far across the Linux spectrum N-M
>> > spreads.  Can someone confirm what other distros have it, and anything
>> > you know about differences in graphical frontends?
>> I believe it's default in FC5 and SuSE and available in Ubuntu, Debian
>> and
>> Gentoo.  All of them provide front-ends via Gnome (nm-applet) or KDE
>> (knetworkmanager), so the obvious differences are more between the major
>> desktops than between the distros.  The big difference: the debian/ubuntu
>> patch that ignores wireless interfaces configured
>> in /etc/network/interfaces.
> anyone know the rationale for this patch?  It would be VERY nice to be
> able to configure my wired connection for a static IP & switch btwn a
> static wired & dynamic wireless connection...

afaik, NM doesn't work for static connections anyway.

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