Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Enabling Connectivity Checking in NetworkManager

Hi, back in July 2012 on this list, it was proposed that Ubuntu's
NetworkManager enable the new connectivity check feature by default.
Some concerns were raised and the feature never landed. I'd like to
reopen that discussion.

In 2014, Fedora enabled that feature by default but they did it using
a separate package. I really like this idea since it makes it very
easy for users to opt in or out of the connectivity check if they

I am proposing that we create a similar package. I would like to have
Ubuntu GNOME's metapackage recommend that config-connectivity package.
In GNOME Shell, when a captive portal is detected, the network status
icon changes to include a question mark and a login window pointed to
the portal's login/authorization webpage appears. The login window is
powered by webkit2gtk. This is very similar to the implementation by
most other operating systems.

Here's the Feature Freeze exception bug and merge proposal:

Jeremy Bicha

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