[Mageia-dev] Drakxnet, drakroam and Draknetcenter : let's fix it or throw it.

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 1 13:10:08 CEST 2011

2011/8/1 Thomas Lottmann <skipercooker at gmail.com>:
> Hello,
> I should have written this mail much sooner, but finally, I am totally,
> completely and starting to be hatefully fed up of these tools.
> The Mandriva/Mageia tools that manage the network on computers, especially
> the wireless networks are completely dysfunctional. While the Network Center
> does not seem to even communicate with the system tools to know what is
> happening during the link setup, it does not auto-refresh network lists
> properly.
> Since 2010.1 now even mixes up itself in it's own network scripts (the ones
> stored in wireless.d). This maxes it wrongly detect numerous wireless points
> (he seen WPA2 Enterperise hotspots as opened or WEP, or more nerving,
> becomes incapable or storing the right authentication information). A tool
> that breaks itself is a complete shame!
> The GUI is also appalling. Despite it's numerous possibilities, it is a mess
> and 60% of it cannot be used by something else than the system or a network
> expert.
> The code itself is undocumented and it extremely difficult to read.
> These tools are getting really bad and not working properly anyway since a
> long time now. So either we fix it and improve it (recoding?), either we
> definitely switch to Network Manager. I am ready to participate if necessary
> (despite my lack of competence), but I do not want to see these tools 'as
> is' on my computer anymore, and no longer want to see these issues that down
> Mageia's reputation in comparison to other popular projects here such as
> Arch, Fedora or Ubuntu, who do have proper tools delivered by default.
> This is not the first time I complain about this tool. We should not leave
> this unchanged. It is far too annoying and pushing to so much loss of time.

While I cannot confirm the problems you are talking about in former
Mandriva (2010.x) nor in Mageia 1, I do have the problems in Mageia
Cauldron, mostly caused by (guess what?) - network-manager! I reported
about this in the forum
Just current case: after an update run in Cauldron my wifi does not
connect, then connects and disconnects again after a few seconds.
After trying several measurements like removing the setup-script,
removing the connection in MCC, etc., all without result, I
de-installed network-manager and configured wifi again by the draktool
without NM - it works now.

As you see, my "mileage" varies from yours. :)


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