PackageKit: Mobile Broadband Aware

PackageKit now knows the type of connection you are using, thanks to NetworkManager. Many thanks for Dan Williams for the pointers, and the guys in #gnome-hackers for the wording. Now you can be less scared using PackageKit and “automatically install” when occasionally using expensive GPRS on a laptop.

11 responses to “PackageKit: Mobile Broadband Aware”

  1. rawsausage

    Given you can get unlimited gprs plans for 8eur/mo, are there really any users that wouldn’t have such?

  2. ethana2

    We Americans thank you very much.

    WiMax come quickly..

  3. Tom Parker

    > Given you can get unlimited gprs plans for 8eur/mo, are there really any users that wouldn’t have such?

    Most “unlimited” plans (certainly in the UK) have a bandwidth cap you can smash through very quickly if you’re downloading lots of packages. Heck, mine describes 1GB/month as unlimited (which is enough if you’re just browsing on your phone).

  4. Ian

    Seems kind of short-sighted to hardcode the words “Mobile Broadband” in the GUI. Does it not work for Satellite connections? Or any other expensive-per-bit service?

  5. Daniel Schierbeck

    Ian: as far as I know, only mobile broadband is currently supported by NetworkManager. Using abstract language to hedge against future improvements to NetworkManager seems unnecessary; PackageKit should have sufficient time to accommodate if it becomes relevant.

  6. Ken

    It would be nice to have this as a graph of “allowed” vs. “disallowed” interfaces.

    For example, while I do not have a mobile broadband card in my laptop, I do use both wireless and wired ethernet connections. I would rather wait until I am on my gigabit wired interface to do updates than on my 802.11g wired interface.

    I could also see corporations needing the same sort of filter. While we have and use wireless at work, it would be brought to its knees quickly if we all had a yum update occurring at the same time over it. We all plug-in to our desks (or to the single wired connection in each conference room, if you’re lucky enough to be first in the door!) so it would be nice to defer updates until then.

    Same concept, just different preferences.

  7. 嘉佑

    NetworkManager is realy great, I choose Fedora 9 just because its NetworkManager as I can only connect to the internet with my Mobileband, it works great

  8. Chris

    It seems inconsistent with the rest of the Gnome philosophy to have such an option in that dialog.

    All the “advanced” nautilus options are hidden in gconf, so why is this option here?

  9. Chris Cunningham

    @Ken:

    It would be nice to have this as a graph of “allowed” vs. “disallowed” interfaces.

    This doesn’t really belong in the PackageKit UI. This kind of filter would be best in NetworkManager itself. In fact, that would be my opinion of the option this blog post is about – if it belongs anywhere, it should be in a filter dialogue in NetworkManager.

    – Chris

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