The networks widget in Plasma Next is coming along nicely...
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- First of all, to clarify my opinion: I would not actually recommend implementing a dummy, based on the principle you mentioned: We don't fool people, period.
Sorry for not making that clear before.
That said, if I didn't care about not fooling people (and were not making open source software, were anyone could uncover the scam), I might actually recommend it, because how could users tell that it was a dummy? They press a button and at some point, the new network is found. Can they really tell whether it was because they pressed the button or regardless of it? And if they can't tell it's fake, it can make them feel better, and often in the UX business, this is all that counts.Mar 21, 2014
- I agree with sebas that a dummy refresh button is not ok. I first hear about using such thing in our first Solid sprint in 2010 but I did not buy the idea and never implemented that in Plasma NM. Luckily for us NetworkManager implemented real API to rescan wifi networks, so it is not a dummy button in there.
One thing that still worries me is the flight mode button, does it really work? Keep in mind that flight mode exists for safety reasons (the wifi card not interfering with aircraft's electronic equipament). In my oppion flight mode should really work or not be implemented at all. Otherwise r we risk infringing flight safety regulations. NetworkManager did not have API to really disable wifi card's transceiver in 2010, does it have it now?Mar 21, 2014
The flight mode should work, I've seen that NetworkManager uses rfkill in it's source code and I'm almost sure that also Dan Williams (the main developer of NM) confirmed that when I was asking about flight mode on IRC.Mar 21, 2014
As I said, I wouldn't suggest a dummy button for any KDE application, because that's not how we roll.Mar 22, 2014
- I had that widget disconnect and refuse to reconnect or even show the available wifi that it had disconnected from until I unchecked wifi and checked it again. Then my wifi access point was there and it reconnected.Mar 24, 2014
- Good lord that is sexy.Apr 3, 2014