Ticket #2866 (closed defect: fixed)
Network Manager GUI doesn't report success or failure
|Reported by:||gnu||Owned by:||mtd|
|Priority:||high||Milestone:||8.2.0 (was Update.2)|
|Component:||sugar||Version:||Development build as of this date|
|Keywords:||8.2.0:? 9.1.0:+ polish:8.2.0 r+||Cc:||dcbw, marco, edsiper, mtd, erikos|
|Deployments affected:||Blocked By:|
Half the frustration of using wireless on the OLPC is that you can never tell what's really going on, without going to a text console and killing off NetworkManager and doing it all manually. This is because the NM GUI provides zero status! It doesn't tell you what access point it is trying to connect to; it doesn't tell you whether that succeeded or failed, and for what reason if there's a failure.
It doesn't tell you anything at all about wired Ethernet networks, either -- not even whether it sees one, nor whether it's currently working or not.
Even the 12-year-old reviewing the OLPC for Ed Felten noticed the flakiness of the network connection: "When the so-so connection allows you to get on, the internet is one of the best features of the whole computer." http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1187
It should report status, all the time, accurately. Which network connection(s) it's using now, which ones it's trying to bring up, what stage of the bringup they are in, and what the current status of the bringup is.