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Network Manager appindicator

Even though there was already work for getting ConnMan in Ubuntu (since 10.10), an update today in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal brings appindicator support for the Network Manager applet (you can see the changelog here). This is very important since Ubuntu will ditch the notification area soon, therefore the connection manager has to use an indicator applet.

But what about ConnMan? Unfortunately I didn't find any info on it, but I'll let you know if something comes up.

Update: here's some info on ConnMan from Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, who's behind appindicator support in NM:

The long term plan is to switch to Connman and indicator-network, but changes in unity and the desktop make it so that it's really important to get a version of nm-applet that still shows up on the desktop with unity, given that the new compiz-based Unity doesn't currently implement the system tray

Thanks to Daniel Rodrigues!