ConnectionManagerComparison

Connection Manager comparison

This table is meant as a high level feature comparison matrix of the current group of open-source network management software solutions available for Linux today.

The versions of software used in this comparison were:

  • Network Manager -- 0.9

  • Modem Manager -- 0.4

  • ConnMan -- 0.64

  • Vodafone Mobile Connect (VMC) -- 2.0

  • Wicd -- 1.6.1

Network Manager

Network Manager + Modem Manager

Connman

VMC

Wicd

3G

(./) [1]

(./)

(./) [2]

(./) [3]

(X)

3G Signal Strength

(X)

(./)

NA

(./)

NA

SMS

(X)

(./) [4]

(X)

(./)

(X)

Bluetooth DUN (3G)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(X)

(X)

Bluetooth PAN (3G)

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(X)

Manual IP/DNS

(./)

(./)

?

?

(./)

Wireless

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

WEP

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

WPA Personal

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

WPA Enterprise

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

Wired

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

PPPoe (DSL)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(X)

(X)

VPN X, Y, Z

(./) [5]

(./) [5]

(./)

(X)

(X)

wimax

(./)

(./)

(./) [6]

(X)

(X)

system connections

(./)

(./)

(./)

(X)

(./)

connection sharing

(./) [7]

(./)

unknown

unknown

(X)

multi user capable

(./) [8]

(./) [8]

(X)

(./)

(./) [9]

Connection Editor

(./)

(./)

(X)

?

(./)

Plugable/extensibility

(./) [N]

(./) [N]

(./) [N]

(./) [N]

(./) [N]

Overall robustness

Improving

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Upstream responsiveness

Good

Good

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

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    • to be filled out.

Notes

  • [1] -- Full 3G support since the 0.8 release.

  • [2] -- Connman 3G currently support Ericsson MBM modems only. A plugin model exists for supporting other devices. It's unclear at this point whether Connman will support Modem Manager or only support the new joint Intel/Nokia project called oFono ( http://ofono.org ). See moblin bug #401.

  • [3] -- VMC 2.0 supports a fixed set of 3G cards ( which can be extended via a plugin API ). Future versions of VMC should integrate with Network Manager ( via the Modem Manager DBUS API ).

  • [4] -- Modem Manager has limited SMS support and needs some help there to make it work with more modems.

  • [5] -- VPN is possible via the network-manager VPN plugin packages found in Universe.

  • [6] -- WiMax requires extra packages which are not bundled with core Connman.

  • [7] -- unreliable due to kernel bugs when using WPA encryption on the adhoc wifi network; that's a kernel bug.

  • [8] -- 0.9 fixes issues with user settings and supports Fast User Switching. 0.9 allows connections to be single-user or multiple-user or system-wide via connection permissions, and also has PolicyKit support for fine-grained administration

  • [9] -- user settings can be shared globally only ( ie. no private per-user settings )

DesktopTeam/ConnectionManagerComparison (last edited 2011-03-08 22:37:28 by jjardon)