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

Junayeed Ahnaf nirjhor at outlook.com
Mon Jul 24 07:36:39 UTC 2017

All fine and good but I don't see arch being installed on something 
other than desktop/laptop. Of course there are niche cases as arch 
server I do not doubt but how much of arch install base is traditional 
desktop? I think it's rather high.

On 07/24/2017 01:30 PM, ITwrx.org wrote:
> 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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