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Network Manager Disconnected Network Manager Connect
Network Manager Disconnected
Network Manager Connect

I am increasingly impressed by the level of usability that OSS is achieving on the Linux desktop. Take, for instance, the simple notification that your network cord has been unplugged. For Windows users, this is likey something one thinks to take for granted of an operating system but in reality its actually quite complicated. Anyways, the newly available network-manager-gnome package is now in Debian Unstable; I installed it today. The above screen shots are from my desktop system (from which I am posting) but, really, this is much more useful on my laptop where the nm-applet constantly tries to make a connection to a network (wired or wireless).

The network-manager-gnome package depends on network-manager (which installs a DBUS service) which in turn depends on dhcdbd (the DBUS aware DHCP client). So, notifications of hardware events come down DBUS from DHCDBD and appear on the screen using the notify framework. Very slick and clever. And there's lots of flexibility so you can count on new and interesting stuff to continue to happen there...

Word of caution to the individual trying it out: add your desktop account to the netdev system group. And log out and back in for gnome-session-manager to automatically start nm-applet for you.

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