Moving towards NetworkManager

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at
Fri Jul 29 12:30:41 UTC 2016

On Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:13:19 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
>On 29 July 2016 at 13:04, Josef Wolf <jw at> wrote:
>> IIUC, so far we have:
>> - ifupdown:       Legacy. Configuation is scattered all over /etc/*
>> - NetworkManager: Closely tangled with desktops
>> - networkd:       Umm, have not checked it yet
>> - netplan:        An abstraction layer above the other three.  
>This may not be directly relevant, and I don't use it myself, but...
>I track a number of non-GNOME-based distros via mailing lists, forums
>etc. A common question is avoiding NetworkManager, as it's a GNOME
>tool and pulls in various GNOME dependencies. (E.g. on Arch it
>requires the GNOME keyring merely to be able to _enter_ a Wifi
>password. Not to store it, just to enter it at all!)
>The next-most-popular tool and replacement for NM seems to be WICD:

I already used a script for pppoe, ip link set enp[...]s0 up. I
wouldn't care about NM dependencies, I suspect it's better than wicd.
I guess Arch now comes with netctl, but before this Arch provided
another tool, I guess it was netcfg. IMO it's still the easiest and most
portable way to write a script. If it should be too complicated, then
NM likely is the best choice.

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