[arch-general] Why there is no NetworkManager in ArchISO

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Mon Jul 24 07:30:15 UTC 2017

On 07/24/2017 12:30 AM, Junayeed Ahnaf via arch-general wrote:
> Why is there no NetworkManager in ArchISO?

Arch Linux is not like desktop focused distributions. Therefore, it's
ISO does not come with "everything but the kitchen sink" where you have
a turn-key desktop after running a GUI installer or install script. It
has the base set of software you need to assemble what you need for your
given install target.

> Isn't it widely accepted as 
> the go to method of connecting to internet in Linux?
No, not in general like that. Network manager is primarily used for
network management with desktop environments, most commonly Gnome, as
the other respondent noted. Arch Linux is used in many different ways,
not only for the desktop.

> Is there any reason 
> for it not to be default?
The defaults for the ISO would generally be the simpler options, and
less likely to be something large with a lot of dependencies.  Also,
minimalist ISOs were the norm rather than the exception in years past
and for Reasons. They still are in some cases or with some distros.
Also, there are not always application defaults with Arch Linux like you
might have with a desktop distro. Arch is "DIY/build your own and choose
your own defaults (for the most part)" type of distro.

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