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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED 10) Network Guide
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Connectivity Guide

For managing network connections, you can use either the traditional method with the ifup command or NetworkManager. NetworkManager is specially-suited for mobile workstations. In this guide, find information about the difference between NetworkManager and ifup, when it is appropriate to use NetworkManager or ifup and how to use them, and a short introduction to D-BUS and HAL, technologies behind NetworkManager.

Differences between ifup and NetworkManager
In this chapter, find general information about ifup and NetworkManager and also about differences between them.
Managing Network Connections with NetworkManager
Applets are used to control NetworkManager. Both KDE and GNOME have their own applets for NetworkManager. Here, find useful information about how to use them.
Managing Network Connections Traditionally
Traditional networking requires network configuration and special settings if you want to allow to your users to control network connection. This part introduces how to work with KInternet, an application for controlling connectivity.
Here, find some of the most common problems that can occur with NetworkManager or ifup.
Technology behind NetworkManager
Learn more about D-BUS and HAL, the technologies of NetworkManager.


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Documentation Updates

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Additional Documentation

For additional documentation on this product, refer to

GNOME User Guide

A comprehensive guide to the GNOME desktop and its most important applications.

KDE User Guide

A comprehensive guide to the KDE desktop and its most important applications.

Novell AppArmor 2.0 Administration Guide

An in-depth administration guide to Novell AppArmor that introduces you to application confinement for heightened security in your environment.

For a documentation overview of the SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server product, refer to The following manuals are exclusively available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:

Start-Up Guide

Basic information about installation types and workflows.

Architecture-Specific Information

Architecture-specific information needed to prepare a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server target for installation.

Installation and Administration

In-depth installation and administration for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Documentation Conventions

The following typographical conventions are used in this manual:

  • /etc/passwd: filenames and directory names

  • placeholder: replace placeholder with the actual value

  • PATH: the environment variable PATH

  • ls, --help: commands, options, and parameters

  • user: users or groups

  • Alt, Alt F1 : a key to press or a key combination; keys are shown in uppercase as on a keyboard

  • File, File Save As : menu items, buttons

  • Dancing Penguins (Chapter Penguins, ↑Reference): This is a reference to a chapter in another book.

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