[PC-BSD Testing] Public Beta of PC-BSD Network Manager 0.9.5 (Ian Robinson)

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 20:48:38 PDT 2007

Network Manager 0.9.5 Beta Evaluation:

======= Operating System & Computer Description ===================
PC-BSD 1.3.3_1
FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE-p11 #3: Wed Dec 20 18:51:13 PST 2006
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.50GHz (1498.73-MHz 686-class CPU)
  AMD Features=0x100000<NX>
real memory  = 2129526784 (2030 MB)
avail memory = 2078982144 (1982 MB)

Computer:               Acer TravelMate 4001 (Laptop)
Built-in Video:         Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device
Built-in NIC:           Broadcom BCM4401 (disabled -- causes
spontaneous reboot unrelated to this beta)
Built-in Wireless NIC:  Intel Pro/2200BG  802.11b/g
PCMCIA NIC:             3Com3c575C Fast Etherlink XL 10/100

======= ELEMENTS TESTED ================================

Test:  Install Program . . . Functions normally.  No problems.  Icon
found in Start-Settings-System Admin
Test:  Start Program . . . Functions normally.

Test:  Menu Button . . . works, displays menu
Test:  Screen Button . . . works, relocates position of label in Panel
Test:  White ? Button . . . fails?  Help label appears when cursor
hovers over button.  Clicking does not bring up help. The icon changes
to a styled question mark and occassionally publishes a system message
about why it does not work.
Test:  Minimize/Maximize/Exit Buttons . . . work

Test:  NIC Cards visible . . . works.   All three network cards appear.
Test:  Card status on Insert/Remove Cat5 cable . . .  works, showing
red circle when not connected.
Test:  Enter Admin Mode . . . works, allows configuration
Test:  Display Device Status in window as different cards are selected
. . . works
Test:  Display System-Wide Configuration Settings . . . works.  All
selected settings are displayed.
Test:  Configure Ethernet Card (3Com____):  All elements . . . working

Test:  Configure Wireless NIC  (Intel Pro/2200) . . . works
Test:  Configure Wireless NIC:  Scan for wireless networks . . .
works, shows SSID
Test:  Configure Wireless NIC:  Select DHCP . . . works
Test:  Configure Wireless NIC:  Uncheck DHCP, Assign Static IP . . . works.
Test:  Configure Wireless NIC:  Disable NIC . . . works
Test:  Security Tab . . . shows all four choices.
Test:  Info Tab . . . works, shows all configuration information in window

Test:  Help Button -- Choice="Create Index" . . . . button works, index fails.

After checking the box for "Application Manuals" in Build Search Index
window, the progress bar reaches 100% and the following error message

Creating index for 'kde_application_manuals'
INDEXDIR: /usr/home/IR/.kde/share/apps/khelpcenter/index/
FINDCMD: find /usr/local/share/doc/HTML/en/ -name index.docbook
htdig failed

After the Build Search Index window is closed, the underlying screen
(KDE Help Center) says:

There is no documentation available for /index.html.

Test:  Administrator Button . . . works when selected, accepts root
password, button greys out when Admin Mode is active.

Test:  Resize Red-lined Admin window at lower right side . . . fails.
Arrow appears but does not function.

Test:  Close and retain configuration information . . . works.

=============== SUMMARY ============================
Everything that is significant works except Help.

This GUI was easy to use.  It did a great job managing the wireless
NIC.  This layout is better than the previous network GUI because the
Administrator button was hidden unless the window was maximized and
because you get all functions in one tool instead of two.


Ian Robinson
FitchKendall <AT> Gmail.com

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