I've noticed a few significant issues with Network Manager on GNOME 3.2, when connecting to WiFi networks that require password (e.g. WPA, EAP). Trying to find existing bug reports, I've found quite a mess: multiple bug reports, both downstream (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora) and upstream (GNOME bugzilla).
I suspect many of these bugs are related to the same root cause (or max. 2-3 root causes). In order to try and make sense of this, I tried to categorize the bugs I've found. I hope it'll help to gather more info to resolve the bugs, and reject dups.
- NM (gnome applet?) forgets passwords:
- GNOME Bugzilla: , , 
- Debian BTS: , 
- Ubuntu BTS: 
- Mint forum post with a workaround
- NM takes too long to re-connect after resume (possibly problem in popping up the enter-password dialog box):
- GNOME: ,
- Debian: , 
- NM-gnome double password dialog box case:
- GNOME: ,  - mentioned in 1st comment,
- Debian: 
I'll try to update this post when new info arrives, please add your comments.
Generally speaking, I think that FOSS community lacks some "dirty-work" QA workforce for bug scrubbing, such as what I'm trying to do here. I don't even know how to name this non-coding activity. Thoughts? 🙂
Update1: This Linux Mint forum post suggests that only the applet "forgets" passwords.
My laptop's battery had just died. It made me realize how much I depend on it, for changing my working location, either when computer is awake or asleep for many hours. Without a battery, the sleep (aka suspend-to-ram) feature is less useful, for the tiniest power interruption would kill it. Continue reading
(Well, surprising me, at least)
It's been a while since I wrote these two posts about keyboard shortcut, so I'll try to summarize some neat ones I've recently learned:
- Ctrl+U deletes all characters on the cursor's left. And.. keep it in the shell's clipboard.
- Ctrl+K deletes all characters to the cursor's right (including the cursor's position), keeps in clipboard.
- Ctrl+Y: paste clipboard.
- Ctrl+R: search for string in history. Multiple Ctrl+R's search for the next matches in history. Btw, It's F7/F8 on windows command prompt.
Google vim keys and more
- Google search: Google Experimental Search, enables vim keys for browsing the results! Super useful.
- Google Calendar support vim keys (j, k, l, m) for navigating in the calendar. Type "?" for more keyboard shortcuts.
- Alt+F10 toggles between maximal window size and original window size.
- Alt+F9 minimizes window
- Alt+F8 switches to resize window mode
- Alt+F1 opens the GNOME menu.
Thanks for Zohar and Aviv for presenting me with most of the above shortcuts.
[Disclaimer: I'm merely a KDE user, hardly involved with the KDE development processes; my criticism is based on what I see as a user, I'll be glad to be corrected in the comments]
Back when I started my way with Linux with the brand new RedHat 6.0 (which as always, preferred GNOME). KDE always went forward: KDE1 was pretty.. basic, KDE2 was a big step, and same goes from KDE3. I've been using KDE 3.5.x for quite a long while (RHEL/CentOS5 and Debian sid until recently). 3.5.x symbolizes, in my opinion, the last "winning' era of KDE: It had the right features, but more important: it was mature and stable.
KDE 4 introduced important improvements:
- User interface continued the tradition of being much nicer than its predecessors. Compare for yourselves: KDE 1 2 3 4
- Very nice OpenGL effects were added with two important advantages over GNOME+ Compiz: the OpenGL features are fully integrated inside KDE, configuration is way easier (Compiz configuration tool is scary), and the attitude is more towards productivity and less toward eye-candiness. For example, instead of the useless wobbling windows and water effects of Compiz, KDE provides the useful feature that displays all open windows and allows search-as-you-type for choosing the right application by its name, by simply putting the mouse pointer on the top-left corner.
- Simplified user interface: the developers had the courage to do some rewrites and strip complicated GUIs, even lose some features, and make the new KDE 4 apps more simple. This is mostly notable in konsole and amarok.
But, it also got worse than its predecessors on some areas: