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Re: [opensuse] Re: Should openSUSE review it's Security Policies?
On 03/05/2012 08:12 AM, Patrick Shanahan wrote:
* James Knott<james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> [03-05-12 08:14]:
Rajko M. wrote:
What you criticize now is actually in part your fault, as you had
a chance to test before 12.1 hit the shelf. Now is late, but you can
try with 12.2 (Factory). Disks are cheap this days and some 20GB for
12.2 will be barely noticeable on your hard disk.

Actually, I did have 12.1 running before "it hit the shelves" and, IIRC, I
did mention this issue.

Then, you *can* provide the bug report number?


Sheesh... I go work on Trinity for a bit and chaos ensues :)

All points well considered, wifi has always been a shortcoming of Linux desktops[1]. Partly due to the diversity of drivers for the various hardware and partly due to each distro taking somewhat of a different approach to scanning and configuring the various interfaces, but most importantly -- then changing the way they do it every 6 months.

I finally gave up attempting to follow the latest "gee whiz" way of configuring wireless. What works on gnome doesn't work on kde, what works with kde, doesn't work on fluxbox, etc.. For opensuse, it all boils down to a policy question "Are we going to allow non-root users to configure wireless access?"[2] If so, "how?", and "who's going to do it?"

Thankfully my laptops have used madwifi, so at least all I have needed to remember on opensuse is[3]:

su # wonder if a normal user would do this?
iwlist wlan0 scan # this is a no..
iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed # ditto for the remainder
iwconfig wlan0 essid "name"
wpa_passphrase "name" "psk_up-to-64-Characters" \
>> /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
kill -HUP $(pidof dhcpcd)

Why would anyone want to make this any easier than it already is? Certainly simple enough for any salesperson to remember and do on their own :)


Footnotes:

[1] yast doesn't help much from a desktop-user standpoint either.
[2] Larry correctly noted that this was standard on KDE3, so reinventing the wheel this ain't...
[3] curiously, this works well on most distros and with all WMs.

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