Revision 1 as of 2007-05-10 13:53:37

Clear message

PPP over Ethernet

  • PPP
  • Ethernet
  • Combine these, and you get: COMPLETE AND UTTER CRACK
  • Lots of DSL and cable ISPs still use this instead of something sane
  • 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)
    • But it has no GUI, it's not in the menu, so people have no idea they can actually configure pppoe and if they do, it breaks now.
    • pppoeconf needs fixing so it works well with gdialog (zenity), and NM needs to stop breaking existing ppp links
      • No, the 'standard' dialin config tool (or n-m, in the ideal case) should be extended to support pppoe
      • 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
  • Easy to break (network-manager does this now)

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