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Old 06-26-2008, 07:18 PM
Andrea Mastellone
Default What is the matter with fedora 9? ... Network Manager rocks !

Stephen Berg (Contractor) wrote:

it introduced a NetworkManager which prohibits networking.

NetworkMangler has been around since FC6 (at least), by making it the
default it became impossible to ignore. It does the right thing in
cases where you have one hardwire or wireless connection which can see
only one AP. For all other cases wait for the human readable
documentation which will be here... or maybe not, since it was coming
with FC7, 8, and 9.

After about a dozen installs of Fedora 9 I cannot agree with you on
that. On every system save one there is only one network connection, in
each of those cases it's been /dev/eth0 and NM would not enable the
connection by default.
Maybe there's documentation on the way that will make NM a breeze to
configure but until that time it's out the window. I disable the
NetworkManager service and enable the network service during kickstart
installs. All my systems have a statically leased DHCP address and it
works just fine.

Bottom line for me: NM breaks far more than it fixes.

My NM esperience is instead absolutely positive. I have tryed it since
F7, but at that time I was very disappointed and turned it off, as in
F8. In F9 I just wanted to give last chance and NM won.

I have a very standard hardware: Realtek RTL-8139 (wired) and Intel
2200BG (wireless), perhaps this is a key ingredient.

It connects virtually to everything: I tested it over wireless
connections (free, wep, wpa, wpa2), and wired ones, sometimes PPP over a
modem. Some connections require manual IP settings, that I have
configured in NM by editing the connections: all of them work flawlessly.

I have noticed only a bug (due to wpa_supplicant, namely): while
connecting to a wireless network with a hidden essid, sometimes the
connection attempts fail and I have to restart NM service in order to
get a successful connection. After the wpa_supplicant today update, that
problem is fixed and NM is a charm.

The only criticism is about the documentation: is very lacking at this

My 2 cents.


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