NetworkManager 0.6.6 for Fedora 7

I’ve build NM 0.6.6 for Fedora 7; I’d appreciate as much testing as possible! You’ll need both NetworkManager and libnl RPMs from Koji.

Or, if you wait until updates are pushed later tonight, you can:

yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing libnl NetworkManager

Let the bugs roll in.

Free, Fast and Hot

I’m not talking about anyone’s mom even though a few come to mind.  I’m talking about NetworkManager 0.6.6.  Almost a year after the previous release of 0.6.5, we bring you some awesome improvements:

  • A connection editor for Gnome
  • Support for WiFi killswitches
  • Better compatibility with various wireless and wired drivers
  • 802.1x wired authentication support
  • Better handling of VPN and WPA Enterprise security
  • Better handling of weird SSIDs
  • Populate the passphrase dialog with previous options
  • Translation updates and piles of bug fixes

Huge thanks again to Tambet Ingo who’s been the other invisible hand of NetworkManager World Domination over the past year. bugs fixed: 432401 354565 343679 354565 437396 420216 350061 499565 491047 334883 346833 466954 332953 464215 498887 511323 399292 435036 372154 449271 394264 449111 359541 332951

NetworkManager, your GSM mobile, and you…

Due to happy coincidence, the existing NetworkManager mobile broadband support isn’t just limited to mobile broadband cards.  You can most likely use your GSM mobile phone with NetworkManager (and the VPN too!) if you add the appropriate stuff to the HAL .fdi file.  Tag the serial port the phone exposes like so:

      <!-- Nokia N80 -->
      <match key="@info.parent:usb.vendor_id" int="0x0421">
        <match key="@info.parent:usb.product_id" int="0x0445">
          <match key="@info.parent:usb.interface.number" int="8">
            <append key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">modem</append>
            <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.07</append>
            <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.05</append>

and as long as you’ve got a data plan, it’ll probably Just Work.