netConfWiz Mockup

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Hi All,

I am planning to do a project to develop a network configuration wizard for Linux.

It will have a wizard like interface that aims to become a single place for a newbie user to easily set ALL kinds of network connections (Dial-up, xDSL, Cable, LAN, wlan) on Linux.

To get an idea of what it would look like, pls have a look at some mockup screenshots explaining the flowchart in different cases:

http://netconfwizard.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/netconfwizard/netconfwizard/mockup/netwiz-mockup.html

You can also check this document explaining the project in greater detail:
http://netconfwizard.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/netconfwizard/netconfwizard/www/index.html

Any comments, suggestions, foreseen problems with the idea and any help with design and development is most welcome.

Thanks and Regards,
Vivek

NB. This is in planning stage, The download is just the file with more details of the idea.
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12 years ago

In planning stage, RFC

dec0ding

12 years ago

I haven't tested the application yet, so can't crithicise it, but I wonder why the Qt logo is on application that is supposed to configure network interfaces :)

Cheerz

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vivekR

12 years ago

This is just at a planning stage. The screenshots are for "illustrating the idea", and do not reflect what the final application may be like.

Please ignore the various visual elements (themes, buttons, icons, images), grammatical spelling errors etc, and try to focus on the functionality of this proposed application.

I want to get inputs, comments, ideas from the community while I plan this work.

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Val

12 years ago

Unless you just wish to learn how to program for KDE, I don't think it's a good idea. Today, KDE/Linux software lansacape is *highly* fragmented - there is no point to move this fragmentation further by creating just another app that do the same thing. If you really want to work on something useful, I suggest that you look at NetworkManager (http://www.gnome.org/projects/NetworkManager) which, despite it's Gnomeish name is highly desktop (and distribution) neutral. If you are interested in KDE specifically, have a look at KNetworkManager (in kdereview module of KDE SVN) which is KDE interface for NetworkManager daemon developed by SUSE. Good luck!

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vivekR

12 years ago

Very good Point indeed.

I am NOT doing this project to learn KDE. And, if I do find some project working along the same ideas, I would rather channel my effort and time on it, insetad of creating divisions.

I had been pointed to NetworkManager and had a look at it. While the goals of the projects can appear very similar (easy network config), they actually are focussing on different aspects.

As I see it, there are these steps involved in setting up network connections.
1) Storing preferences about devices (configuring them), accounts, TCP/IP.
2) Using some underlying service to make use of these preferences, and enable the devices, make the connections.

netConfWiz aims to focus on part 1 above. Think of it as a simple GUI for asking the users for ANY questions/needed details for ANY kind of Network Connection. (DialUp, xDSL, Cable Modem, Ethernet, Wireless LAN). It would also have an extensible and flexible framework which would allow any new utility script that needs any such user input to be added to it.

netConfWiz would eventually need to use the various existing underlying tools that "actually" enable devices, and starts the network connection (e.g. pppd, wvdial, ndiswrapper, various authentication clients used by CableModem ISP's, and so on). NetworkManager can be one such "underlying service" for netConfWiz.

NetworkManager is a service which tries to autoconfigure the available networks, and then provides an API available to any desktop applet to view/manage them.

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Val

12 years ago

It's nice that you support this idea.

I've mentioned NetworkManager since [for me] it seemed like a natural basis for this type of tool - if something is configuring my networks, it should be connected do dialogs where I enter configuration parameters. Btw, have you had a look at Gnome System Tools? they are very much like NM in design and they have a special module to store network-secific data. You can even find KDE interface to some of them in kde-admin module.

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herwig

12 years ago

I'm not a Linux newbie but I am getting tired fiddling around with console commands to get a network connection, specially when I'm on the road with my laptop.

Please keep up the good work.

Kind regards,
Herwig

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horseshoe

12 years ago

One thing gnome does right is proved tools for configurations and easy of use. Im glade to see someone trying to do the same for KDE. I hope more stuff like this can be intergraded in to the control center!

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12 years ago

In planning stage, RFC

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