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 * '''Launchpad Entry''': UbuntuSpec:pppoe-configuration  * '''Launchpad Entry''': UbuntuSpec:pppoeconf-gui

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  • Launchpad Entry: pppoeconf-gui

  • Packages affected: network-manager, gnome-system-tools


Currently, users who rely on a PPPOE connection to reach the Internet must use command-line tools to configure this connection. This process could be greatly simplified with a proper graphical configuration tool.

Release Note

It's possible to set up a pppoe connection from the network administration dialog now


Desktop users expects to be able to configure their internet connection easily

Use Cases

  • Daniel has a dsl internet connection, he opens the network configuration dialog, select the modem, enter his login and password and is connected on internet.


  • Teach network-manager to ignore pppoe connections
  • Modify gnome-system-tools to allow configuring the connection (login, password)

BoF agenda and discussion

  • Easy to detect (PADI/PADO/PADR/PADS/PADT packets on the ethernet)
    • See the 'pppoe-discovery' binary (comes with ppp)
  • Easy to set up (pppoeconf does this now, also detects the packets)
    • Extending n-m to support PPPoE would mean that the live CD could come up with PPPoE immediately, rather than having to extend the installer to ask about it. Ubiquity would only need to copy over the resulting network configuration.
      • n-m should really pick up the PAD* bits and figure out PPPoE is available, then show a password dialog for the PPP username/password

network-manager bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/107041 upstream: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=362482 and http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=386461

It'd be nice to generally be able to configure pppoe in the GNOME session: gnome-system-tools upstream bug about that: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=140408


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