[Networkmanager] Can public/trusted network setting return to UI?

Petr Menšík pemensik at redhat.com
Tue Jun 20 20:28:05 UTC 2023


I am old enough to remember there were once specification for each 
connection, into which type of network it belongs. I kind of like it and 
it would make sense to me if it returned into configuration not only 
from command line.

There is still connection.zone, but at least UI from GNOME does not 
allow editing it from the GUI applet.

Why do I want it?

Basically I have two different approaches for to network I connect:

- public network. Conferences, hotels, café or train. Usually all I want 
is internet connectivity.  I want my privacy protection as strong as it 
can be. DNS over TLS if possible, no avahi, no services open to network.

- trusted network. My home, work, or networks of my friends or 
relatives. I may want to interact with other devices on this network. 
That might be smart TV for sharing photos or choosing movie, transfer of 
files, printer to print on. I want Avahi to discover services and 
publish my machines name. I do not care about DNS to be encrypted too 
much, more important is every name has to work. Privacy is reduced to 
simplify identification of devices.

Is there a reason why nothing similar is offered now? With my avahi 
maintainer hat on, I had to say it does not have runtime reconfiguration 
yet. For me, having at least connection.zone like select box in UI for 
connection to networks would be great. Is there some reasoning why it 
has disappeared?


Petr Menšík
Software Engineer, RHEL
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