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NetApplet: Internet Connection Management Tool

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 27 Sep 2005

Applies to:

  • SUSE Linux Professional 9.3
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9

There are a number of utilities in Linux designed specifically to make desktop usage easy and powerful. As Linux is designed to be a network operating system, many of these utilities revolve around networking. One such utility is called netapplet. It allows you to switch networks and connections easily. It also gives you information about each connection. Let's review this neat tool.

First, let's make sure you have it installed. Open up YAST and search for the package called netapplet. When it comes up in the right pane, tick the checkbox next to it. Then, click ACCEPT:

Note: if you search for this package and it does not show up, you may want to enter some additional installation sources into YAST. A list of installation sources is available here, and an article on how to use them can be found here.

Now, let's run it. Click on the K Menu, then INTERNET, followed by ADMINISTRATION, and then NETWORK SELECTOR:

A little icon should now appear in your system tray:

When you click it, a small menu should come up:

The first entry in this example tells me which ethernet connection, designated eth0 is active. The second option allows me to disconnect my network completely, should I need to. The third option is labeled CONNECTION INFORMATION. If I click on this, it will show me information about my currently active ethernet connection:

The last entry in the menu we've been looking at is called CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTINGS. If I click on that, it will open YAST and take me to the NETWORK CARD CONFIGURATION module of YAST:

As you can see, this is quite a powerful little applet. Plus, it's absurdly non-intrusive, taking up almost no space on your desktop. It's just another way that Linux is a great desktop.

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