NetworkManager, the free software project that's backed by Red Hat and used by many distributions for easily managing network connections from the Linux desktop, is ready for its version 0.8 milestone. NetworkManager 0.7
is getting old and while NetworkManager 0.7.1
brought some improvements last year, the 0.8 release is rather exciting.
NetworkManager 0.8 delivers on much more solid bluetooth support, integration with ModemManager
for providing better mobile broadband / cellular connection support, removal of HAL support (similar to X.Org dropping HAL
due to its deprecation), proper IPv6 support, and many other improvements.
The official NetworkManager 0.8 release announcement has yet to come, but the 0.8.0 release is tagged in Git and as such the snapshot of it is available from the FreeDesktop.org Git repository
. Development snapshots of NetworkManager 0.8 can already be found in the latest versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, and other Linux distributions.