16.04: Graphical login/desktop vanished? (coming closer)

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Mon Jul 25 23:59:45 UTC 2016


On Tue, 2016-07-26 at 01:36 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
> The main complaints about NM I hear are from people with horrid
> broken or kludged-together network configs, such as people using by
> -hand static IP addressing instead of fixed leases in their DHCP 
> server and other 1980s style nastiness.

My job is networking, and my arrangements are extremely peculiar, but I
still use NM, and I find it very smooth and for the most part
straightforward.

> If you have a grown-up network, it's not merely OK, it's great.

That's going a bit far. I don't think there's any need to put people
down.

Network Manager DOES have issues - the way it handles the DNS is a step
too far, and getting rid of dnsmasq is the first thing I do on a new
install. Also, its VPN support is patchy - great when it works, but
sometimes disappointing, though that's the plugins' fault, not Network
Manager's as such. If you are playing around with something in the
network, you may have to disable Network manager or at least tell it to
ignore the interfaces you are working on, otherwise it has a tendency
to grab them back :-)

But with all that said, I definitely recommend using Network manager -
*especially* if you are not very network-savvy, because it will Just
Work.

Regards, K.

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