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Proxy support

2012-10-31 12:00..13:00 in B3-M8

We started discussing proxy support in Ubuntu last cycle [1]. Keeping in line and expanding on that discussion (and really, taking back some of the work items from there), we should spend some time working with upstream NetworkManager to properly fold in proxy into NetworkManager connections for the desktop.

Per-connection proxy support has been in TODO/roadmap for NetworkManager for a little while now; I think we'd benefit from seeing this to completion.

Basically, this would mean: - Adding the necessary sections in NM config files for connections to describe proxy settings. - Moving/reworking proxy code elsewhere in GNOME to a "proxy manager" in NetworkManager. - Adding the necessary UI bits to nm-applet, as an extra tab for connections. - Testing, testing, testing.

Proxy settings tend to be highly location-dependant, which is why it makes sense to tie them to connections, which also change depending on where a computer is located. This would make the life of mobile workers easier, since they could use a proxy automatically when logged in to their "work" wifi connections, and disabling it automatically when they go home...

We should also more generally discuss the current state of proxy support in Ubuntu and what has improved from last cycle, the next steps. etc.

In line with testing and with the documentation I started [2], we may also want to spend time setting up the necessary infrastructure for testing proxy support automatically.

[1] https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/desktop-q-full-proxy-support [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/Proxy