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NetworkManager 0.7 Nears Release

GNOME

Published on 20 July 2008 09:13 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME
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The wonderful Red Hat software project for easily managing wired and wireless networks on Linux, NetworkManager, is preparing for its first major release in over two years. NetworkManager 0.7 has been in development for a long time with many improvements made, but there has been no formal release. However, Fedora in particular has been shipping with the latest NetworkManager code for some time.

Among the improvements in NetworkManager 0.7 are faster connection times, more reliable wireless networking, improved D-BUS API, multi simultaneous network device support, enhanced support for different wireless security modes, and PPP integration. The PPP integration means that many mobile broadband / cellular cards (SM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HDSPA/HSUPA/EVDO) are now supported "out of the box" by NetworkManager.

The main mastermind behind NetworkManager 0.7, Dan Williams, mentioned on his blog that this new release will finally be out soon. As one other note, he's also ported the PPTP VPN plugin to the version 0.7 code-base. On the GNOME Wiki he has made a list of items that are currently blocking the release. These blocker items range from missing documentation to GNOME Keyring issues.

Dan Williams has delayed some of the Bluetooth enhancements for NetworkManager until version 0.7.1 or 0.7.5. In addition, IPv6 support will likely be missing from the 0.7.0 release.

As something for the readers, what do you think will be released first: X.Org 7.4, the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client, or NetworkManager 0.7? Tell us in the forums.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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